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BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 29: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox spits out chewing tobacco after grounding into a double play against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on August 29, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

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Boston Mayor Wants to Ban Chewing Tobacco at Ballparks

Marty Walsh wants to ban chewing tobacco at ballaparks

Chewing tobacco is enriched in baseball tradition, but Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is prepared to put an end to it.

“Kids shouldn’t have to watch their role models using tobacco, either at a neighborhood park or on TV,” Walsh said, standing at home plate of a South Boston baseball diamond. “Ballfields are places for mentoring and healthy development. They’re no place for cancer-causing substances.”

Earlier this year, former Red Sox great Curt Schilling revealed that he was diagnosed with mouth cancer, which was caused by decades of chewing tobacco.

“This is about our kids,” Schilling said. “We have to accept the responsibility that we impact the decisions and the choices that they make.”

Walsh plans to officially submit his proposal Monday.

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