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Gwynn’s death puts spotlight on smokeless tobacco

Image by Bisayan lady via flickr.

Image by Bisayan lady via flickr.

San Diego Padres’ great Tony Gwynn died June 16 from cancer of the salivary gland.

He blamed his cancer on his use of smokeless tobacco throughout his 20-year career. Now other players and officials are taking a look at the addiction’s deep and enduring grip on the sport.

“Smokeless kills,” wrote the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy in a June 18 story. “And yet big league ballplayers, coaches and managers still use smokeless tobacco. It’s a baseball thing, and it’s killing players, and many don’t want to stop. Or they can’t stop.”

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