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Jefferson County, CO - Jefferson County Public Health and Tobacco-Free JeffCo are encouraging smokeless tobacco users to quit for a day or better yet, quit for good. GASpO is a one-day challenge that takes place annually during February along with Through with Chew Week encouraging smokeless tobacco users to skip the dip and go just one day without tobacco. Choosing to be tobacco-free for even one day can provide the encouragement needed to help smokeless tobacco users make the commitment to quit for good. Commemorating the Great American Spit Out also offers an opportunity for schools and communities to draw attention to the importance of keeping kids 100% tobacco-free. Lakewood High School's Breathe Easy (BE) Team students will be providing education about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use to Pre-K through 8th grade students on February 20. They will also be providing education for their peers and support for students who want to take the smokeless tobacco quit challenge on February 21 at Lakewood High School. BE Team students work in their schools and communities to reduce tobacco's toll through education, outreach, and advocacy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note in a Morbidity and Mortality Report that adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to grow up to become adult smokers. Keeping youth from picking up the habit is critical in reducing the harmful effects of tobacco in our communities. Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is not burned and is also known as chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, spit tobacco, Snus, dissolvable tobacco, and nasal snuff. As early as 1986, the advisory committee to the Surgeon General reported that the use of smokeless tobacco “is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes”. The reported notes that there is no safe form of tobacco, and all tobacco products include nicotine which is addictive. At least 28 chemicals in smokeless tobacco have been found to cause cancer, and it can also cause a number of non-cancerous oral conditions. Quitting can be difficult, but it is not impossible with encouragement and support. Spread the word, take the pledge, and encourage someone you care about to join this year’s Great American Spit Out. For help with quitting:
To learn more about smokeless tobacco:
To find out more to get involved in local tobacco prevention efforts: Contact Donna Viverette at 303-275-7555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 13, 2013
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