Chicago – You may not see your favorite major league baseball players chewing or spitting this season.
Chicago Alderman Ed Burke wants an ordinance to ban smokeless tobacco at professional and amateur venues in the city. That would include Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.
San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston have all banned smokeless tobacco for the 2016 season. California is expected to initiate a statewide ban in 2017.
Chewing tobacco is considered to be a major cause of oral cancer. Oral cancer kills about 9,000 people a year in the United States.