A Good Shaw May Not Be All Joy, Researche Says
The television cameras at the ballpark often capture streams of brown liquid arching lazily out of the players' dugouts or focus on the bulging cheek of the manager as he trecks out to the mound to make a pitching change.
Now, says Ronald A. Baughman, a pathologist and professor of oral medicine at the University of Florida's College of Dentistry, increasing numbers of teen-agers are joining baseball players in the habit of chewing tobacco or "dipping" snuff. And that is unfortunate, he says, because smokeless tobacco can cause lesions in the mouth that if left untreated may lead to oral cancer.
"Until about five years ago, I never saw a teen-ager with a tobacco-related precancerous lesion of the mouth," Dr. Baughman said. "Now we are identifying potentially dangerous lesions in at least one young patient every month at U.F.'s dental clinic." In an effort to reverse the trend toward increased use of smokeless tobacco among youths, the American Cancer Society has begun to distribute brochures and films to high schools that explain the health hazards of the substance.