World Series: Chewing Tobacco Attracts the Attention of Politicians

Bermuda BobAnalyst IIOctober 19, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 09:  Justin Smoak #17 of the Seattle Mariners takes a dip of chewing tobacco in the dugout against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 9, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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A group of Democratic Senators have chosen this year's World Series to focus on the use of chewing tobacco by players as unhealthy and a bad example to youth.

No logical person could disagree that chewing tobacco, or "dip," is an unhealthy habit which has been an accepted element of baseball since its inception.   It's also a disgusting habit because it causes the user to spit, usually without circumspection, the juice/saliva mix.

Every major sport from MLB to the NFL to the PGA has outlawed their players smoking cigarettes, cigars, or any other form of tobacco during their exposure on TV.  

Why should MLB not be required to follow suit, and ban chewing tobacco?