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Dodgers, Angels have mixed reaction to tobacco after death of Tony Gwynn
Dodgers, Angels have mixed reaction to tobacco after death of Tony Gwynn

Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett was saddened but not shaken at a level some might think. He knew Tony Gwynn and was hit hard by the news Monday that Gwynn had died of cancer. Yet, what had not really registered with Beckett was an element he shared with Gwynn — the use of smokeless tobacco. "Probably not as much as it should," Beckett said. Gwynn blamed his mouth cancer on dipping smokeless tobacco throughout his 20-year Hall of Fame career for the San Diego Padres. Smokeless tobacco is banned in the minors and Major League Baseball no longer permits teams to make it available in clubhouses. Yet, if its use has diminished in recent years, it still remains. Every...

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