Schilling records PSA warning of smokeless tobacco danger

NEW YORK (AP) After undergoing treatment for oral cancer, former All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling has recorded a public service announcement on the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

The 60-second spot, released Thursday, was produced by Major League Baseball and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society. It will air on the MLB Network and be shown on scoreboards at big league stadiums.

''I was warned many, many times over the 30 years I dipped,'' Schilling said in a statement. ''I never listened. Cancer changed that. I found out, through the worst pain you can imagine and hospitalization for two months, that there was no time during my addiction that was worth what I went through. Don't ask yourself if you might get cancer when you dip, just get a calendar out and wait.''

Schilling, now 49, said two years ago his cancer is in remission.

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