Knock Tobacco Out of the Park

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Below you will find materials we are using in the 2011 campaign to Knock Tobacco Out of the Park. This collection includes all of the official letters sent to Major League Baseball and the players' union as well as downloadable images, banners and flyers that have been used throughout the campaign.

Press Release: Tobacco Limits in Major League Baseball Contract a Victory for Players and Kids' Health
MLB and players' union take historic first steps to get tobacco out of the ballgame.

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11,000 baseball fans and advocates for tobacco-free baseball send an open letter to the Major League Baseball Players' Association Player Representatives
Baseball fans urge the players' union to ban smokeless tobacco at games and on camera.

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Waxman & Pallone ask Major League Baseball and MLBPA for testing for HGH and a ban on smokeless tobacco in new contract
House members urge MLB & MLBPA to improve the health of the players and ensure that big league players continue to be valuable role models.

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Little League International writes to MLBPA asking for a ban on tobacco use by players at games
The leading youth baseball organization in the worldwide, representing 2.5 million young baseball players, urges MLBPA to get tobacco out of baseball.

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U.S. Senators write to MLBPA asking for tobacco prohibition in upcoming contract
Four senators (Durbin, Harkin, Lautenberg and Blumenthal) send a message to the executive director of the player's union on the eve of the 2011 World Series.

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World Series city health officials write joint letter to players' union
Top health officials from 2011 World Series cities urge players to bypass tobacco during final contest and express support for tobacco ban in professional baseball.

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Public health researchers unite behind a smokeless tobacco ban in MLB
Public health researchers state the facts in a letter to Michael Weiner, Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, urging him to support smokeless tobacco ban.

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Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner responds to Faith United Against Tobacco
After receiving a letter from 25 national faith leaders, Weiner responds: "Although I will not predict the outcome of our talks, I know that a sincere effort will be made to address use of smokeless tobacco products..."

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National faith leaders call on players’ union to quit tobacco
Twenty-five national faith leaders write to Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association urging tobacco ban.

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Babe Ruth League urges players’ union to agree to tobacco ban in professional baseball
One of America’s premier youth leagues asks the players and their union to set a better example for kids.

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Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig responds to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
On Opening Day of the 2011 baseball season, Commissioner Selig writes: "Major League Baseball supports the goals of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and shares your concern about the use of this harmful product by our nation's youth."

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Top health officials from 15 MLB cities call on Major League Baseball to kick tobacco habit
Leading health officials from Major League Baseball cities around the country write to Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

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10 leading health organizations urge Major League Baseball to go Tobacco-Free
Ten public health CEOs write to Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

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One-Page Informational Handout
Print out this 8.5" x 11" one-pager that provides information on the campaign and calls on the reader to take action.

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Foldable Knock Tobacco Out of the Park Handout
Print out this 8.5" x 11" foldable handout to use at events to collect petitions or to provide information on the campaign. If you plan to have some professionally printed, use our contact us form and request print-ready files.

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Simple Knock Tobacco Out of the Park Handout (2 per sheet)
Ideal for handing out at baseball games and other events. These can be printed out on standard 8.5" x 11" paper and come two handouts per sheet.

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Knock Tobacco Out of the Park Banner
Use this file to create smaller web banners or take it to a printer to have a professional banner printed.

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Knock Tobacco Out of the Park Logo
Help promote the campaign by using this logo on your own handouts and materials.

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Knock Tobacco Out of the Park Promo
Use this image on your website, blog or as your Facebook image and help spread the word. Link it to www.tobaccofreebaseball.org.

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Knock Tobacco Out of the Park Kids Petition
Use this form if you will be having kids sign a petition to Major League Baseball. It asks kids for their name and comments and does not ask for any contact information.

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Letter: U.S. Sens. Richard Durbin and Frank Lautenberg urge Major League Baseball to Go Tobacco-Free
"It has been 28 years since the MLB ended tobacco use in its minor leagues, and it is time to extend that policy throughout MLB's venues and events..."

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Fact Sheet: Health Harms from Smokeless Tobacco Use
So how bad is smokeless tobacco? Check out this fact sheet for detailed information.

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Chart: Smokeless Tobacco Use Rises Among High School Boys
Smokeless tobacco use by high school boys has skyrocketed since 2003. Check out this chart.

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