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MLB Committed to educating on tobacco risks

(Originally titled "It’s Time for MLB to Kick Tobacco Habit")
Feb. 21, 2011. Anthony Castrovince, MLB.COM

It took the wake-up call that was Tony Gwynn's jaw cancer diagnosis to get Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg -- who played for Gwynn at San Diego State — to try to stop dipping.

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn discusses his struggles with cancer
Feb.11, 2011. Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times

Gwynn demonstrated unusual resolve as an athlete, working himself into a player who won eight National League batting titles and hit .338 over a 20-year career that was spent entirely with the Padres. But his battle with cancer required more than resolve.

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Stephen Strasburg attempts to quit smokeless tobacco

Jan. 31, 2011. Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

Like any other high school kid, Stephen Strasburg wanted to emulate the major league baseball players he watched on television.

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Teen chewing tobacco use putting baseball in a pinch
Oct. 21, 2010. Bobby Caina Calvan, Sacramento Bee

San Francisco Giants slugger Pat Burrell sneaks a pinch in the dugout – his lower lip swollen with a wad of chaw in his TV close-ups.

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