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February: Through With Chew Week

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Through With Chew Week Gets Boost From Local Health Officials

(Name of town or city) dentists, otolaryngologists—physicians concerned with the ears, nose, and throat—and the (name of health department) have proclaimed the week of February 14–20, 2016, as "Through With Chew Week" in an effort to call attention to the use of smokeless tobacco.

In 2014, more than 5 of every 100 high school students (5.5%) in the United States used smokeless tobacco. The public awareness campaign is designed to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people.

(List any local activities here.)

Heath educators and medical professionals from the (name of institution) will be addressing youth about health risks commonly associated with this type of tobacco.

"Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes, as some young people believe, and it is even more habit forming because it contains a higher concentration of nicotine than cigarettes," (name of health educator or physician/dentist).

Smokeless tobacco can cause oral cancer, especially in the cheeks, gums, and throat. In addition, smokeless tobacco is addicting.(Name of health educator or physician/dentist) stated, "The use of smokeless tobacco can also lead to other oral problems, such as mouth sores, gum recession, tooth decay, bad breath, and permanent discoloration of teeth."

Through With Chew Week is sponsored by the (name of health department) and the (name of coalition or institution). For more information or for materials, please call (local phone number).