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Why do baseball players chew tobacco?

Dear Dr. Cory:

Why do baseball players chew tobacco?

Danielle Couch Kitchener, Ontario Canada

Dear Danielle,

Years ago, players didn't want to drink water during a game. They thought it would make them feel too heavy and full. So they chewed tobacco to keep their mouths from getting too dry.

As new players saw older players chewing, they picked up the habit, too.

Now we know that it is good for you to drink water before and during a game. We also know that chewing tobacco is very bad for you. It can cause cancer of the mouth and throat. Half of the people who get mouth cancer die.

Smokeless tobacco can also cause cavities, gum disease, and mouth sores.

People who chew tobacco should quit. Instead of tobacco, they can chew gum, sunflower seeds, apple slices, or raisins.

See you next issue!

Your friend,

Cory SerVaas, M.D.
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Title Annotation:Ask Dr. Cory
Author:SerVaas, Cory
Publication:Jack & Jill
Date:Jun 1, 1994
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