Monthly Archives: August 2014

Does Baseball Promote the Use of Smokeless Tobacco?

I grew up going to baseball games, specifically Dodger games, but this blog post is not about which baseball team is the best. (Go Dodgers!) Many of my friends growing up, including my little brother, played baseball.  I spent countless evenings at the little league field and at my high school baseball field watching my friends play. Our high school team even made it all the way to the championship my senior year and I watched them play at Angel’s Stadium.

Unfortunately, many of my friends who played baseball in high school picked up a horrible habit before turning 18.  They developed an addiction to smokeless or chewing tobacco.  They would use smokeless tobacco while playing baseball and eventually on a more regular basis. Most of them started smoking cigarettes as well. I can only speculate as to why they took up this horrible habit; they saw their favorite major league players using chewing tobacco.  Read More »

Supporting Our Partners

On an early Sunday morning, a few weeks ago as I was going around and around a dark high school track. I had some time to reflect. I was participating, along with the rest of Team Smoke Enders, in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, in the city of Campbell. If you’ve never participated in a Relay, it is truly an amazing event, bringing together survivors, caregivers and others who want to end cancer.

And that is a mission all of us in tobacco control can get behind. In fact, Team Smoke Enders, led by Bob Lorilla with the Santa Clara Public Health Department, is a team comprised of public health staff and tobacco control coalition members. While walking around the track I was thinking about how great an opportunity this was for tobacco control coalition to support an important member of our coalition – the American Cancer Society. And the same goes for the American Lung Association (which hosts Lung Force events around the state) and the American Heart Association (which has a Heart Walk). Read More »