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Concerned over the millions of young fans who look up to and emulate professional baseball players, California Representative Henry Waxman has said that Major League Baseball should ban the use of chewing tobacco, which can harm a person's dental health.
Waxman said in a recent congressional hearing that the league should take the issue to the players union in upcoming contract negotiations to get tobacco banned. If banned, Waxman said, fewer children would see smokeless tobacco as an option.
"Millions of young fans are exposed on a daily basis to the use of smokeless tobacco by their heroes," he said. "This is a serious health risk. The increased use of smokeless tobacco will mean millions more teens getting hooked on nicotine."
The use of tobacco products is a major cause of dental health problems. The American Dental Association says that nine out of 10 people who die from oral cancer used tobacco products during their lives.
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