Are You Through With Chew?

In Local News on January 28, 2009 at 11:59 am


February 16 to 20 is Through With Chew Week. It’s a great time to teach your students about the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

According to the CDC, smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents and is a known cause of human cancer. Smokeless tobacco also causes nicotine addiction, lesions in soft oral tissue, and gum recession. Adolescents who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers. For more statistics about smokeless tobacco use in children, see Tobacco Free Kids.

Daviess and Pike counties’ tobacco prevention and cessation coalitions are offering several educational options for middle and high school students. Project Coordinator Sally Petty has an interactive booth available during Through With Chew Week. This booth can be set up for students to view during lunch time or study hall. Contact Petty at 812-698-0232.

The coalitions are also inviting students to participate in a letter-writing contest about the dangers of tobacco. Students can write the letters to Big Tobacco or to the coalitions and send them to Petty at or 2003 Grand Ave., Washington, IN 47501. The coalitions will judge the letters from students in their respective counties, and the winning letter writer from each school will receive a basketball. Winning letters may also be published in local newspapers.

Here are some other activity ideas for Through With Chew Week. If you decide to do one of these activities, contact Petty for help with planning and materials.

1. Wear green ribbons or T-shirts.

2. Tear down tobacco advertising in your community.

3. Write a class letter to the editor of the newspaper in your community.

4. Hold a mock town hall meeting about the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

5. Create public service announcements for radio stations.


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