Try to imagine a ballgame in which the pitcher, ump and shortstop all had cigarettes in their mouths or hands! In the past, tobacco companies provided free smokeless tobacco (as free advertising) to players and their teams. Now, fewer than 30% of all major league baseball players chew or dip and many of those would like to quit. Over half of the players who chew or dip report gum problems and dental diseases. A study of professional baseball players found no connection between smokeless tobacco use and player performance. Using smokeless tobacco increases your heart rate and blood pressure within a few minutes. This can cause a buzz or rush, but the rise in pulse and blood pressure places an extra stress on your heart.
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- Is there a savings calculator for quitting smokeless tobacco?
- Wouldn't it be better if I substitute dip for some of my cigarettes?
- Is smokeless tobacco as dangerous as smoking?
- Why are there different names for smokeless tobacco?
- Where did smokeless tobacco come from?
- How popular is smokeless tobacco compared to smoking?
- What are the danger signs of smokeless tobacco-related disease?
- How much nicotine is in an average dose of smokeless tobacco?
- How much nicotine is in a can of smokeless tobacco?
- Is smokeless tobacco as addictive as cigarettes?