Nightly News   |  October 18, 2011

Senators ask MLB to ban tobacco chewing

Four U.S. senators are asking Major League Baseball to ban chewing tobacco during the upcoming World Series. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Four US senators are asking the Major League Baseball players union to ban chewing tobacco during the upcoming World Series . They were joined by health officials in the two host cities for the series, Arlington , Texas , and St. Louis. They've noticed the use of chewing tobacco and dip is way up. And they know, quote, "this would send a strong message to young baseball fans, who look toward the players as role models, that tobacco use is not essential to the sport of baseball."