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Why do so many baseball players chew tobacco?

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. (1)

1.http://nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/topics/smokelesstobacco/smokelesstobaccoaguideforquitting.htm#understandingyouraddiction

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