SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – 15% of high school boys use smokeless tobacco. On Wednesday, Baseball great, Curt Schilling, announced that he has been treated for cancer and blames the years of chewing tobacco.
The tobacco industry has advertised smokeless tobacco in sports magazines popular with children. In fact, the industry spent $452 million on promoting smokeless tobacco in 2011.
“I think we need to really kick off a real educational program for the young people to realize that even though there’re not smoking it by inhaling – the smoke of tobacco – the risk of the oral cancer cavity still persist,” said Dr. Barry Jacobs from Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 8-thousand people die a year from oral cancers.
For a confidential hotline aimed at helping people quite chewing tobacco, call 1-877-448-7848 from Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.