Be Through with Chew
“Through With Chew Week” is Feb. 19 through Feb. 25. This week is dedicated to raise awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco and encourage smokeless tobacco users to quit. Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of cancer and it is associa
Posted by Garden City Recreation Commission on 2/16/2012
Finney County Health Coalition Encourages The Community To Be Through with Chew
Garden City, Kan. – “Through With Chew Week” is Feb. 19 through Feb. 25. This week is dedicated to raise awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco and encourage smokeless tobacco users to quit. Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of cancer and it is associated with recession of the gums, gum disease and tooth decay.
The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use in Kansas is much higher among males than females. 14.1 percent of Kansas high school males (2010/2011 Kansas Youth Risk Behavior Survey) and 9.8 percent of Kansas adult males (2010 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) report currently using smokeless tobacco.
“Smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for cigarettes,” said Donna Gerstner, a Finney County Health Coalition Member. “The Kansas Tobacco Quitline is not just for cigarette smokers. Free support is available to help people quit smokeless tobacco too.”
When Kansans are ready to be “Through With Chew” or other tobacco products, the Kansas Tobacco Quitline www.QuitNow.net/Kansas or 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) is ready to help. The Quitline is a service provided at no cost to Kansas participants. Enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week online or by phone.
“Through with Chew Week” was established in 1989 by the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. For more information on the national Through With Chew initiative, please visit www.throughwithchew.com.
Finney County Health Coalition is based in Garden City and is working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly effects. The Garden City Recreation Commission has information on how to help reduce tobacco use and help people who use tobacco quit.
The Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program provides resources and technical assistance to community coalitions for development, enhancement and evaluation of state and local tobacco prevention initiatives. For additional information about the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program, visit www.kdheks.gov/tobacco.
For more information: http://www.QuitNow.net/Kansas