Want To Chew Tobacco? Think Again!

Want to chew tobacco? Think again!

2/16/12 in MLB   |   dazzblack   |   61 respect

This is an outright warning to every single person out there who chews tobacco. People tend to not learn from the experience of others, waiting for the same to happen to them before they drop in front of God promising to never do it again provided that He spares them the pain and suffering. You must be wondering what I am talking about. Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer hitter who spent his MLB career spanning two decades destroying pitchers is now facing problems of much more serious nature.

It took five doctors and 14 hours in the operating theatre to successfully remove a cancerous tumor in Gwynn’s right cheek. ESPN’s Tom Friend reported that the doctors were surprised that the tumor had spread. Tom further reported that, “According to Gwynn’s wife, Alicia, the doctors performed a complex nerve graft procedure, removing Gwynn’s facial nerve and replacing it with a nerve from Gwynn’s shoulder. Alicia Gwynn said her husband came out of surgery at 1 a.m. PT Wednesday, and that doctors told her they had entirely removed the cancerous growth from his parotid gland.”

There are numerous factors that can be attributed as a cause of cancer but one of them stands out among the rest. Gwynn has gone on record with his addiction to smokeless tobacco and you don’t need me to tell you how harmful it is. It is the most likely cause of the cancer, especially when you take into account that the cancer was in the main contact area for tobacco – the cheek.

Here is an excerpt from the San Diego Union Tribune from October 2010, the time when the cancer was initially diagnosed:

“I haven’t discussed with the doctors yet, but I’m thinking it’s related to dipping,” said Gwynn, who resumed the practice of using chewing tobacco after the first two surgeries. Dr. Kevin Brumund , a neck and throat specialist at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, said there have been no studies showing a link between parotid cancer and chewing tobacco. “There is a wide spectrum of prognosis for the malignant parotid carcinomas,” said Dr. Brumund. “Most parotid tumors are benign. And the prognosis runs the spectrum.””

Gwynn is a very lucky man in that his cancer was diagnosed pretty quickly and treated successfully; many are not that lucky. Friends have reported that Gwynn is well on the road to recovery and is now talking, laughing and has even started the intake of water. Gwynn has attributed his cancer directly to dipping and it serves as a caution to each and every person out there who is having problems with addiction. Every athlete in his prime may think that he is invincible hence start dipping on a more regular basis but this is not the case. Please do not be fooled by your peak physical condition and I implore you all to take a good look at your life. You don’t want it wasted just because of a foolish habit that you got into during your teenage years. Be serious about yourselves please.
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2/16/12   |   scquwi1   |   1232 respect

Chewing is nasty and it could cause all the issues the Gwynn experience, but you will always find someone who will state that they have chewed for just as long if not longer and nothing happen. So people will always chew, smke, drink and do other drugs.

2/16/12   |   scquwi1   |   1232 respect

derms33 wrote:
chewing is bad, but hey, according to the post above, i can get some kick a$$ bridal gowns and prom dresses for cheap

Well if you did chew dont spit on the dress, even if they are cheap to buy....

2/16/12   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

chewing is bad, but hey, according to the post above, i can get some kick a$$ bridal gowns and prom dresses for cheap

2/16/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

As a guy that chewed for 8+ years I have to say that I'm glad I quit when I did.  Also that I'm amazed at how gross I find it now.