Taking Tobacco out of Baseball

In 2014, baseball lost one its biggest stars as Hall of Fame player Tony Gwynn succumbed from salivary gland cancer.  During his battle, Gwynn cited his smokeless dipping tobacco habit to the cancer which eventually took his life.  He passed on June 16, 2014 after being admitted to the hospital the day before (Father’s Day).  He was 54 years old.  It wasn’t long there after that three time World Series champion Curt Schilling came forward about his own private battle he was going through with throat cancer.  When he entered remission for his condition, he released a statement that day mentioning his cancer was a result of smokeless tobacco for 30 years.  The time seems now more than ever to remove tobacco from the game and set a healthy example for children and protect the health of MLB players.  Major League Baseball and its Players Association have shown no signs of banning the addictive substance which has prompted major cities and states to begin their own initiative.  San Francisco, New York City, Boston and Los Angeles have put into effect laws prohibiting smokeless tobacco in the cities major league ball parks.  Chicago has recently passed a similar ban.  With California enacting a state wide ban beginning in 2017 and Toronto and Washington D.C.  considering similar legislature, we could be looking at over a third of baseballs pro stadiums smokeless tobacco free by next season.  To learn more about how you can get involved, visit http://tobaccofreebaseball.org.

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