Health groups urge MLB to ban tobacco
June 25, 2014, by CNN Wire, Updated at 07:22pm, June 25, 2014
(CNN) — Nine major public health organizations have one request for Major League Baseball: Ban tobacco.
Leaders from the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Medical Association and others joined forces this week to write a letter to MLB commissioner Bud Selig and the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Tony Clark.
In the letter they mourn the loss of Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn and urge the MLB to agree “to a complete prohibition on tobacco use at ballparks and on camera.”
“As so many in baseball and in the media have expressed, Tony Gwynn was a true hero. We are deeply saddened that his life was ended far too soon by cancer that he attributed to his longtime use of chewing tobacco,” the leaders wrote.
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