Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mayor Walsh Proposes Smokeless Tobacco Ban

Former Sox Pitcher Josh Beckett 'Dipping' (AP Photo)
Generally, FenwayNation takes a 'libertarian' view when it comes to 'Nanny State' meddling in people's affairs. But on certain issues—like smokeless tobacco—we side with the proposed policy of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Walsh is introducing an ordinance that would ban "cut, ground, powdered, or leaf tobacco...intended to be placed in the oral or nasal cavity." If passed, the ban would go into effect on April 1, 2016, and apply to all professional, college, high school and community venues—including Fenway Park. Despite the clear harm smokeless tobacco has caused many players—including Boston's own Curt Schillingmany Red Sox players still chew. Under this ordinance, there would be a $250 fine for each occurrence. There are already many alternatives to smokeless tobacco—including pumpkin seeds, bubble gum, and even a tobacco-free mint chew that we feature here on our site. We applaud the Mayor and support his initiative.