Chewing tobacco

History and Types of Chewing Tobacco

  • Chewing tobacco is one of the oldest methods of consuming tobacco.
  • Indigenous peoples of the Americas chewed tobacco leaves before the arrival of Europeans.
  • The Southern United States became known for tobacco production, with major companies arising in North Carolina and Virginia.
  • Chewing tobacco was widely used before and after the American Civil War.
  • Chewing tobacco is still used today, particularly in the American South.
  • Chewing tobacco is sold in various forms, including loose-leaf, plug, and twist.
  • Loose-leaf chewing tobacco is the most common type, often sweetened and flavored.
  • Plug chewing tobacco is pressed into a square mass and bitten off or cut for chewing.
  • Twist chewing tobacco consists of twisted leaves and is not widely available.
  • Each type of chewing tobacco has its own characteristics and regional popularity.

Health Issues of Chewing Tobacco

  • Chewing tobacco increases the risk of leukoplakia, a precursor to oral cancer.
  • Chewing tobacco is strongly associated with the development of mouth and throat cancer.
  • Some health scientists have suggested using smokeless tobacco in smoking cessation programs, but evidence does not support this claim.
  • Chewing tobacco poses serious health risks and should be avoided.
  • The use of chewing tobacco has been linked to various oral health problems.

Chewing Tobacco and Baseball

  • Chewing tobacco was commonly used by baseball players and coaches in the early days of the sport.
  • Smokeless tobacco use became prevalent among players in the early 1900s.
  • The popularity of chewing tobacco in baseball declined as cigarettes became more popular.
  • Former baseball player Joe Garagiola warned about the dangers of chewing tobacco and its link to oral cancer.
  • Bill Tuttle, a former Major League player, dedicated his last years to educating players about the risks of chewing tobacco.

Cultural Impact of Chewing Tobacco

  • Chewing tobacco was once widely accepted and used by both men and women in the American South.
  • The use of chewing tobacco has declined over the years, but it is still prevalent in some regions and age groups.
  • The spittoon, a device used to collect saliva and juices from chewing tobacco, was a common feature in the past.
  • Spittoons are now considered relics of the Old West and are rarely seen outside of museums.
  • Chewing tobacco has had a significant impact on public health, particularly in relation to oral cancer.

Youth Usage and Efforts to Ban Chewing Tobacco

  • Debate over whether players should be banned from using tobacco products during games.
  • Major League Baseball Players Association disagrees, claiming it is a legal substance.
  • Harvard School of Public Health professor Gregory Connolly states that use of smokeless tobacco by players has a powerful role-model effect on youth.
  • Particularly influential among young males in sport, some of whom remain addicted in future careers as professional athletes.
  • One-quarter of Minor League players do not support allowing the use of chewing tobacco during games.
  • Widespread use of chewing tobacco by baseball players has led to an increase in youth and teen use.
  • Teen use of smokeless tobacco has increased, particularly among white and Hispanic males.
  • In 1970, five times as many 65-and-older males used smokeless tobacco as 18- to 24-year-olds did.
  • Moist snuff use increased for males ages 18-24, while 65+ male users decreased.
  • A 2009 survey by The U.S. Centers for Disease Control revealed that 8.9% of U.S. high-school students had used smokeless tobacco.
  • The Major League Baseball collective bargaining agreement includes a ban on smokeless tobacco for new players.
  • MLB has taken steps to discourage the use of smokeless tobacco.
  • Tony Gwynn's death from cancer related to his smokeless tobacco use raised awareness.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control supports efforts to ban smokeless tobacco in sports.
  • There are ongoing efforts to ban the use of chewing tobacco in professional baseball.

Chewing tobacco Data Sources

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