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Labor deal stops short of tobacco ban

Updated: November 22, 2011, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Baseball's new labor deal will limit the use of smokeless tobacco by players, but not ban it during games, as some public health groups had sought.

Players have agreed not to carry tobacco packages and tins in their back pockets when fans are permitted in the ballpark, or use tobacco during pregame or postgame interviews, and at team functions.

But the restrictions fall short of the call by some advocates, including members of Congress, who argued that a ban on chewing ...

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