Canadian Lung Association Blog

Smokeless, not Harmless

Tony Gwynn, former San Diego Padres baseball star died June 16, 2014 from oral cancer.  He was 54 years old.  Like many baseball players, Tony chewed tobacco during his playing years.  It is estimated that 75% of oral cancer can be linked to tobacco use, and more concerning, the use of smokeless or chewing tobacco is on the rise. Oral cancer is disfiguring and deadly.  Almost half of the people diagnosed with oral cancer will die within five years. Whether you smoke tobacco in a pipe or a cigar, or chew it in your mouth, it’s still harmful to your health. The loss of Tony is another reminder to all of us that there is no safe tobacco and that quitting is the best thing you can do for your health.  Remember you are not alone – we can help!


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