On June 16, 2014 Tony Gwynn, age 54, a hall of fame San Diego Padres baseball player, died following a three year battle with oral cancer. Although Tony's doctor felt that his rare form of oral cancer (salivary gland cancer) was not tobacco related, other cancer experts contend that it is so rare that the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence of a causal relationship. An October 14, 2010 article by the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), a corporate interest organization accused of being a tobacco industry front group, attacked Tony Gwynn's statements that his cancer was caused by smokeless tobacco. ASCH has strongly advocated use of smokeless tobacco as a harm reduction product since 2007. The American Cancer Society lists tobacco as a "possible" salivary gland cancer risk factor.
Mark Belanger, 54, baseball shortstop Orioles: lung cancer
Michael Landon, 54, actor - heavy smoker: pancreas and liver cancer
Patrick Swayze, star of "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" died on September 14, 2009, after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. According to Johns Hopkins University's Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, "cigarette smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer ... associated with a 2-3 fold increased risk." A heavy smoker, Patrick openly admitted his belief that smoking "probably" contributed to his cancer. But even after being diagnosed he continued smoking, with each puff adding additional nicotine and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which promote pancreatic cancer. If smoking robbed us of Patrick, why can't it rob us of you?
Humphrey Bogart, 57, actor ("Casablanca"): esophagus cancer
Wolfman Jack, 57, music disk jockey: heart attack
Edward R. Murrow, 57, reporter: lung cancer
Will Thornbury, 57, modeled for Camel TV ads: lung cancer
George Harrison, 58, musician (The Beatles): lung cancer
R.J. Reynolds, 58, tobacco company founder: emphysema
R.J. Reynolds, III, 59, tobacco company heir: emphysema
Clark Gable, 59, actor ("Gone With The Wind"): heart attack
Anne Ramsey, 59, actress (Goonies - Mama Fratelli): throat cancer
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