Selig: MLB wants smokeless tobacco gone

Commissioner Bud Selig says Major League Baseball wants to ban smokeless tobacco in the majors.

In a letter to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Selig told the group’s president that he believes ”smokeless tobacco should be banned at the Major League level.”

In order to make that happen, the owners have to negotiate with the players’ union and have the ban added to the next collective bargaining agreement.

Smokeless tobacco, including dip and chew, is banned in minor league ballparks.

Union chief Michael Weiner said in February that he expected the subject to be broached in the upcoming talks.