Through with Chew Week wants people to kick tobacco use


HELENA – The Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program is encouraging people to kick tobacco with “Through with Chew Week 2018.”

The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of products the tobacco industry markets.

During February people can call the Montana Tobacco Quit Line(1-800-784-8669) and receive eight weeks of free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges and counseling to help quit using tobacco.

According to the CDC Montana has one of highest smokeless tobacco use in the country and Montana students are almost twice as likely to use smokeless tobacco that the national average.

Professional Bareback Rider and Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program spokesman Heath Ford says that he’s seen first-hand the effects of chewing tobacco and just how damaging to a person it can be.

“I’ve met with older gentlemen that had chewed their whole life and now they were pressing buttons to talk to me from throat cancer,” says Ford. “It was just sad to see that and to see the struggles that they have in life and how much more difficult life was for them.”

Ford says that choosing not to pick up tobacco is easy when you know how dangerous it can be.

“Tobacco is a bad road to go down,” says Ford. “I know not everyone gets cancer from chewing but man if that’s the risk is it really worth it.”

For more information about the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program visit their website.


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“Through with Chew Week 2018”

Smokeless tobacco is a dangerous form of nicotine addiction, which puts Montanans at risk of cardiovascular disease, oral cancers, diabetes, and severe periodontal damage. Join with people across the nation this February 18-24 to quit smokeless tobacco and give yourself the gift of health.

“Through With Chew Week 2018” is designed to raise awareness about the variety of dangerous nicotine-containing products the tobacco industry markets. During “Through with Chew Week,” February 22 is the “Great American Spit Out,” a day when health advocates encourage all smokeless tobacco users to start or restart their quit journey. This campaign is sponsored by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program.

Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes. These products, engineered to deliver high doses of nicotine and large amounts of carcinogens that impact cardiovascular and oral health. Spit tobacco and other nicotine novelties maintain tobacco addiction and prevent users from preserving their good health.

During February, callers to the Montana Tobacco Quit Line, a free telephone-based service, can receive eight weeks of free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges, discount medication, and most importantly, expert counseling from trained tobacco addiction specialists. Tobacco users who call the Montana Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QuitNow) are 7 to 10 times more likely to quit. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line now hosts a dedicated American Indian Commercial Tobacco Quit Line that can be reached at 1-855-372-0037, or online at MTAmericanIndianQuitLine.com.

For more information on “Through With Chew Week 2018,” contact the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program by emailing infotobaccofree@mt.gov or calling (406) 444-7708.



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