Chew Week is February 11-15, 2019

SHASTA COUNTYThe Tobacco Education Coalition encourages you to be “Through with Chew” February 11 -15.  More than 50 local dental offices have FREE Quit Kits to support your efforts to quit smokeless tobacco for a day, a week, or for good.

“Chew has many of the same negative effects on our bodies as cigarettes,” according to Dr. David D. Lee, DDS, “People who chew tobacco are at an increased risk for oral, esophageal (food tube) and pancreatic cancers, heart attack and stroke. We are up against tobacco companies that spend millions to develop new smokeless and spitless tobacco products to further entice tobacco users.”

“Newer flavored products are marketed aggressively to younger users as a safer alternative; however, this is not true,” said Manuel Meza, Community Education Specialist with Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, Tobacco Program. According to the American Cancer Society, “Because chewing tobacco can cause nicotine addiction, it can lead to smoking and using other forms of tobacco.”

For more information about local resources and support, or for a FREE “Quit Kit,” contact your local dentist or call Manuel Meza at (530) 229-8467.