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A closer look at the rules on tobacco use in baseball

Most levels of baseball have banned tobacco use.
BY CODY STAVENHAGEN Published: June 21, 2014

High School

All kinds of tobacco are banned. It is also illegal for anyone younger than 18.


The NCAA banned tobacco during games and practice in 1994. In 2002, it adopted a zero-tolerance rule. Players or coaches caught possessing tobacco in any way during a game will be ejected.

Minor league baseball

Tobacco was banned in 1993.

Major League Baseball

In a 2011 labor deal, MLB players agreed to ban tobacco during pregame or postgame interviews and at team functions. Players can still use tobacco during games.