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February 12, 2014

Through with Chew Week encourages Oklahomans to quit smokeless tobacco

NORMAN — Smokeless tobacco products are being marketed as “less harmful” alternatives to cigarettes. Through With Chew Week, Feb. 16-22, calls attention to smokeless tobacco use, highlighting the fact that no tobacco products are safe.

“While cigarettes are the most lethal form of tobacco, smokeless tobacco products are not a safe alternative to smoking,” said Jerry Deming, Tobacco-Free Cleveland County. “Smokeless tobacco is addictive and causes serious health problems, including oral, esophageal and pancreatic cancers.”

According to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report, there has been a steady increase in smokeless tobacco use since 2004.

Oklahomans with a desire to quit using smokeless tobacco, or any other form of tobacco, can contact the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline to receive free services.

Tobacco users can receive free coaching with quit coaches, a personalized quit plan, specialized materials and resources to become tobacco free. Most callers enrolled in the program also will receive free patches, gum or lozenges.

To get started, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com. Services also are available in Spanish by calling 1-855-DEJELO-YA (335-3569).

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