The relationship between spit tobacco and baseball

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The use of spit tobacco (ST) is often associated with athletics at all levels. The sport of baseball has a long history and connection with the use of ST at all levels from as young as little league where a bubble gum product called Big League Chew prepares young mouths for the use of chewing tobacco to the minor and major league teams. The custom of using ST in baseball began more than a century ago when players on dusty baseball fields used the product to keep their mouths moist during games. It became more popular in the 1970s and 1980s in response to an aggressive marketing and promotion campaign targeted toward professional baseball players. This practice continued through the years because baseball is an activity that allows ST use through unique practice game situations, including the opportunity to use ST products during competition with less concern for hazardous conditions. The lulls in activity and a decreased risk of contact and or collision allow for increased ST consumption during games. Athletes at all levels of baseball are role models for young people, especially boys and should take advantage of that role and act as a positive role model for fans through diminished or complete cessation of ST use and participation in public education campaigns against the use of ST. The sport of baseball has a long history and connection with the use of ST. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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