Target Field may be smoke-free inside and out, but for the first time the ballpark is permitting fans to chew tobacco in public -- as long as it's done discreetly and doesn't prompt complaints. Not even the players can do that. The Twins, which prohibit smoking in the ballpark and last week shut down the only smoking area outside the gates, banned chewing tobacco in the ballpark's first two seasons. But the team is lifting that ban because "we found that not to be an issue," team spokesman Kevin Smith said…Among those who joined the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in seeking the smokeless prohibition from baseball were more than 200 national health organizations, youth groups, public health officials and baseball figures. They included the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota, ClearWay Minnesota, cancer researchers Stephen Hecht of the University of Minnesota and Dr. Jon Ebbert of the Mayo Clinic and Minneapolis Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant.
Star Tribune 4/11/12