Skip to comments.Senators urge baseball to ban tobacco (for the children)
Posted on 10/18/2011 10:24:14 AM PDT by Libloather
Senators urge baseball to ban tobacco
Posted: Oct 18, 2011 11:58 AM by AP
WASHINGTON (AP) - Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.
The senators, including No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas, made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begins in St. Louis Wednesday night.
"When players use smokeless tobacco, they endanger not only their own health, but also the health of millions of children who follow their example," the senators wrote to union head Michael Weiner. In addition to Durbin, the signers were fellow Democrats Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senate health committee chairman of Tom Harkin of Iowa.
The senators noted that millions of people will tune in to watch the series, including children.
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Ban Politicians. For the children.
See how easy that is?
With what is going on in DC and the scandals and the toilet bowl that we’re fast going down, these morons are worried about tobacco smoke? OMG!
I guess the checks from the tobacco company lobbyists stopped coming in.
Jackasses in congress.....worried about spitting instead of lying.....
When I played High School baseball, I used the Luis Clemente Tiant Vega method of chewing tobacco. 1 1/2 pack bubble yum and three fingers of Red Man. Chew gum until you can lay it out in a circle. Place tobacco in center and roll into a ball. Put in refrigerator over night and whamo, you have a nice tobacco jaw breaker.
How about banning frickin’ Viagara commercials from baseball games, I can’t even let my kids watch the games because of that nonsense.
Get your a&$es to work on someting useful, or resign immediately so we replace you with someone who will.
Sincerely, An actual taxpayer
Man, if I were playing, I’d come out with huge cheek full like Rod Carew used to have.
He claimed that it helped pull the skin away from his eye so he could see better.
To hell with these control freaks.....tobacco spit be upon them!
If they had any concern for “the chilrun”; they would just re-shecule tobacco as Schedule 1 controlled substance and be done with it. Only problem is, they are ADDICTED to the taxes as much as people are addicted to the nicotine.
Actually it’s chew and it’s not the act of chewing the tobacco but the act of spitting that has thes a$$ clowns uptight.
Illinois you deserve what you get but can you please spare the rest of us? Get rid of this idiot.
I love tobacco.....but that’s just weird !!
Didn’t the MLB try this back in the 80s and 90s with little effect?
If you don’t like it, don’t watch!
But be sure to add a few new gay-themed sit-coms to the roster.
Opposition to tobacco is actually support for the big medicine lobby (who use tobacco, food and anything else that is natural as a scapegoat root cause of all ills which only their expensive wares can cure) and shameless pandering for votes from a perceived majority who don’t smoke. The same lobby likes forced government health solutions of all kinds with the exception of complete government takeover. The little marxist they helped to install in the WH, however, and his far-left cohorts in Congress actually went too far with the government takeover in Obamacare(tm). How idiotic the medical lobby was to think that they their business could actually benefit in the long run by a marxist regime coming to power in the U.S.
A free people are free to choose how they want to live and they then accept the consequences of their choices.
The medicine men better get back to what they’re supposed to be doing, making medicine, and start being content with 25% of GDP. If we had a free market medical industry that was truly free market, it’s total size would be more like 5% to 10% of the economy - and outcomes would be markedly better.
It was banned in the minor leagues in 1993, IIRC.
I notice that these ‘do-gooders’ don't have a problem with the blatant sex and violence on TV shows and advertisements that children see.
. Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Tom Harkin of Iowa.
At least 4 Senators are dumber than jackasses.
For the record Willie Stargell died in 2001 at age 61. Earl Weaver smoked all the time and is still kicking past 80; better example for your point.
Pops is dead and Weaver still around, I guess Billy Joel was right.
Another attempt at behavior control by numbskull politician.
Lets hope the voters can alter and control the behavior of politicians.
Nanny state fascists should mind their own f’in business.
at least I could hope.
Ban LIBERALS -- for the CHILDREN!!! (they would be better off!!)
Yet teaching kindergarden children about homo sex is a good thing.
Coming soon... no more hotdogs and beer.
If they ban chewing tobacco then they’re going after crotch scratching next.
Invest in guillotines. Those four clowns out to be in prison.
“I’d like to spit some Beech Nut in that dude’s eye ... “
Yeah, I didn't think so.
(and I am a non-smoker)
I hope the players’ union, the players and the fans all take note these 4 senators are all DEMOCRAPS.