Through With Chew Week

Four months after the successful implementation of Montana’s Clean Indoor Air Act, Montanans may think spit tobacco is a safe alternative to smoking, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Cascade City-County Health Department, in collaboration with Great Falls Public Schools, will be presenting Through With Chew: Tougher Than Tobacco on Tuesday, February 16th, from 10:50 – 1:30 at Great Falls High School and on Thursday, February 18th, at 10:50 – 12:30, at Charles M Russell High School.  

“Debilitating nicotine addiction can result from use of other products besides cigarettes,” says Teddy Nault, Tobacco Prevention Specialist of the City-County Health Department.  “Additionally, spit tobacco can deliver up to five times more nicotine than a cigarette, making it especially addictive.” Spit tobacco contains 28 different cancer-causing substances in addition to nicotine, and users are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer than nonusers. One in three people diagnosed with oral cancer die from it.

“Great Falls’ Tougher Than Tobacco event during Through With Chew Week draw attention to the many health problems that result when individuals believe that spit tobacco is a safe alternative to smoking,” says Teddy Nault. “We do not want the tobacco industry to keep Montanans addicted to nicotine, no matter how it’s delivered.”

The Montana Tobacco Quit Line offers free services tailored for spit tobacco users who want to quit, including cessation coaching, help developing individual quit plans, and nicotine replacement therapy. Quit Line participants are 7 to 10 times more likely to quit than those who attempt quitting alone. Calls are toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).