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Am J Public Health. 1992 Mar;82(3):351-3.

Snuffing tobacco out of sport.

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston 02111.

Abstract

Use of oral snuff has risen sharply among baseball players following a tobacco industry marketing campaign that linked smokeless tobacco with athletic performance and virility. Millions of adolescents have copied these professional role models and, today, are at risk of developing oral cancer and other mouth disorders. New policies and programs are needed to break the powerful grip that the tobacco industry has on professional sport. Health agencies, including the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Dental Research, have teamed up with major league baseball to help players quit and reduce public use of oral tobacco. If these efforts are successful, our national pastime will once again become America's classroom for teaching health and fitness, not nicotine addiction.

PMID:
1536348
PMCID:
PMC1694387
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.82.3.351
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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