A ban on chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco
products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues has been
approved by the city council.

The council Wednesday unanimously approved the ban proposed by
Mayor Marty Walsh this summer. The ban also had the backing of the
Boston Red Sox and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, a mouth
cancer survivor.

The ban prohibits smokeless tobacco, often called dip, chew or
snuff, on all ballfields where professional or amateur sports are
played. Violators face a $250 fine. The ban takes effect next April.

Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to impose such a

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauded Boston for setting
what it called a ''powerful example'' that all Major League
Baseball teams should follow.  (Associated Press)