Boston Mayor Files Chewing Tobacco Ban

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has filed a proposal to ban smokeless tobacco products like dip and snuff from all city ballparks, from Fenway Park to neighborhood Little League fields.

Walsh filed the proposed ordinance Monday with the City Council. He announced the proposal last week at a news conference with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, a mouth cancer survivor.

The ban defines "smokeless tobacco products" as anything containing "cut, ground, powdered, or leaf tobacco ... intended to be placed in the oral or nasal cavity."

The ban would apply to everyone in a ballpark, from fans to players, and cover professional, collegiate, high school or organized amateur games.

If approved, the ban would take effect April 1 and violators would face a $250 fine. The Red Sox support the proposal.

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