Snuffing tobacco out of sport

Am J Public Health. 1992 Mar;82(3):351-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.3.351.


Use of oral snuff has risen sharply among baseball players following a tobacco industry marketing campaign that linked smokeless tobacco with athletic performance and virility. Millions of adolescents have copied these professional role models and, today, are at risk of developing oral cancer and other mouth disorders. New policies and programs are needed to break the powerful grip that the tobacco industry has on professional sport. Health agencies, including the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Dental Research, have teamed up with major league baseball to help players quit and reduce public use of oral tobacco. If these efforts are successful, our national pastime will once again become America's classroom for teaching health and fitness, not nicotine addiction.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Advertising
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Plants, Toxic*
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Public Health*
  • Social Values
  • Sports*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / epidemiology
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / prevention & control*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / psychology
  • Tobacco, Smokeless / adverse effects*
  • United States / epidemiology