KillTheCan.org is proud to be a a part of the 2016 Through With Chew Week (February 14th through February 20th, 2016). Through With Chew Week is an effort to call attention to the use of smokeless tobacco.
In 2014, more than 5 of every 100 high school students (5.5%) in the United States used smokeless tobacco. The public awareness campaign is designed to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people.
Heath educators and medical professionals across the country will be addressing youth about health risks commonly associated with this type of tobacco.
Smokeless tobacco is NOT a safe alternative to cigarettes, as some young people believe, and it is even more habit forming because it contains a higher concentration of nicotine than cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco can cause oral cancer, especially in the cheeks, gums, and throat. In addition, smokeless tobacco is addictive. The use of smokeless tobacco can also lead to other oral problems, such as mouth sores, gum recession, tooth decay, bad breath, and permanent discoloration of teeth.
When you’re ready to quit chewing tobacco consult your doctor or join us for free on our forums. Quitting isn’t easy but your freedom from tobacco is worth it!