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Each year, Through With Chew Week raises awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use (chew, dip and snus) and the effective tools available to quit. This Through With Chew Week, Feb. 21-27, Putnam County’s Students Working Against Tobacco youth are encouraging smokeless tobacco users 18 and older to set a quit date and use Tobacco Free Florida’s free and proven-effective resources to quit for good by visiting TobaccoFreeFlorida.com. SWAT youth would also like to encourage their peers not to try this addictive, harmful product. Apart from cancer, other oral health issues from smokeless tobacco include mouth sores, gum recession, tooth decay, and permanent discoloration of teeth.[i]

[1] Tomar, SL. “Chewing Tobacco Use and Dental Caries Among U.S. Men,” Journal of the American Dental Association, 1999, 130: 160.

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