Tobacco company says Gwynn knew risks of smokeless tobacco

Posted: 05/05/2017 in MLB, Sports
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The family of MLB Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, who died in 2014 at the age of 54 after battling salivary gland cancer, received a response from the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company claiming the San Diego Padres great was properly warned of the risks of using smokeless tobacco.

Gwynn’s family is currently in the midst of a wrongful death lawsuit against the tobacco company, claiming it concealed the true risks of smokeless tobacco, which helped contribute to Gwynn’s death.

“Plaintiffs (the Gwynns) are barred from recovering any damages because the dangers claimed by Plaintiffs, if any, are and were open and obvious,” the tobacco company said in a response filed by their attorneys, according to Brent Schrotenboer of USA TODAY Sports.

The Gwynn’s lawsuit, which was filed in 2016, claims the defendants “manufactured, adulterated, and pushed on the public the tobacco products that led to Gwynn’s death, all while falsely denying the products were dangerous or addictive, and engaging in a world-wide campaign to continually recruit new under-age users.”

Gwynn, an avid user of smokeless tobacco, regularly chewed two cans of the product every day from 1977 to 2008.

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