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  • April 6, 2016
  • By Jon Torres

Smokeless Tobacco Ban | #SubstituteWithSeeds

Smokeless tobacco has long been a tradition in the game of baseball. For many years, players, coaches, and staff have taken part in the controversial habit. This year, major cities have taken action to ban smokeless tobacco in their stadiums.

Starting January 1, 2016, the San Francisco Giants became the first of many stadiums to ban the use of chewing tobacco. Supported by the coaches and players, the Giants and AT&T Stadium will be the first team looking for substitutions to help kick their old habits. According to an article posted on MLB.com, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy approved of the law saying, "It's a step in the right direction. I think it can be a good thing. It's going to be hard to enforce. It's a tough habit to break." Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner also weighed in saying, "Hopefully it will be a positive thing for us players. It's not an easy thing to stop doing, but I support the city."

"Hopefully it will be a positive thing for us players. It's not an easy thing to stop doing, but I support the city." - Madison Bumgarner

Today, 9 other Major League Baseball teams including the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers, Anaheim Angels, and San Diego Padres are involved in the smokeless tobacco ban.

As role models to young athletes, members of the MLB have argued the importance of banning smokeless tobacco throughout the league. "MLB has long supported a ban of smokeless tobacco at the Major League level, and we support the efforts of cities to ban the use of all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, in sports stadiums and arenas," said MLB spokesman Mike Teevan.

"MLB has long supported a ban of smokeless tobacco at the Major League level, and we support the efforts of cities to ban the use of all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, in sports stadiums and arenas." - Mike Teevan

In a recent study, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that young athletes were almost 80 percent more likely to use smokeless tobacco products than non-athletes.

Young athletes were almost 80 percent more likely to use smokeless tobacco products than non-athletes

As the list of participating teams and stadiums continues to grow, BIGS Sunflower Seeds is issuing an open letter to all the teams that are affected by the smokeless tobacco ban. We are happy to supply any Major League Baseball organization with BIGS as a substitution to smokeless tobacco. #SubstituteWithSeeds

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BIGS Coaches Buckets have already been sent to the 10 ballclubs that have banned smokeless tobacco.  

Smokeless Tobacco Ban | #SubstituteWithSeeds

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