Through with Chew Week

Through with Chew and All That’s New Week is February 21-25 and is dedicated to raising awareness about the many dangerous nicotine-containing products the tobacco industry is marketing, particularly to young people. The statewide campaign is co-sponsored by the Montana Tobacco use Prevention Program (MTUPP) and the Cascade City-County Health Department.

“Regardless if it’s from one of these new products, e-cigarettes, hookahs, or chewing tobacco, nicotine is a highly addictive, dangerous drug,” says Teddy Nault, Tobacco Use Prevention Specialist. “We want parents, teachers, administrators and coaches to become familiar with the new products from the tobacco industry to help protect all Montana youth.”

In celebration of Through with Chew Week, the CCHD is reaching out to local teens. In partnership with the Great Falls Public Schools CARE program, CCHD will host “Pick Your Clique,” an interactive and informational event at CMR High School. This event will feature the CMR reACT group educating their peers and faculty about new tobacco products. On display will be pairs of plain pocket and smokeless tobacco circle jeans, and attendees will be asked to pick their clique and sign the jeans. Information about MyLastDip.com, a web-based smokeless tobacco cessation program designed for chewers of all ages, will also be available.

The illnesses associated with tobacco products range from oral cancer, which is fatal in roughly one-third of cases, to cardiovascular disease. “Despite what tobacco industry marketing may lead anyone to believe, these tobacco products are not a safe alternative to traditional smoking or chewing,” Nault adds.

The event will be held on Thursday, February 25th at the CMR High School Commons Area, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on the event, call Teddy Nault at 452-0881 ext. 307.

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