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Josh Hamilton is trying to quit chewing tobacco

Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton stands in the on-deck circle against the Colorado Rockies in Arlington, Texas

Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton stands in the on-deck circle against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Arlington, Texas June 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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According to the Associated Press, Josh Hamilton is trying to quit chewing tobacco.

One would think that it shouldn’t be too tough for someone who has already overcome many personal demons, but it’s been a real struggle for him, not unlike many who dip or smoke regularly. Hamilton actually tried to quit last year, something we discussed on this blog, but it didn’t take.

In an effort to kick the habit for good, Hamilton is currently using toothpicks treated with tea tree oil, gum or sunflower seeds.

“It was time to do it,” Hamilton said. “It’s a habit and I don’t really enjoy it like I used to.”

Hamilton was actually chewing on one of the toothpicks when he ripped a first-inning single yesterday against the Rockies. That sounds a little risky, but hey, beats dying a slow death via dipping.