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FDOH encourages smokeless tobacco users to be 'Through with Chew'

FDOH encourages smokeless tobacco users to be 'Through with Chew'
FDOH encourages smokeless tobacco users to be 'Through with Chew'
Posted at 5:54 PM, Feb 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-19 13:23:30-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Department of Health is holding 'Through with Chew' week to encourage people who use smokeless tobacco to quit and prevent others from starting.

According to the Florida Department of Health smokeless tobacco is just as dangerous as smoke tobacco.

"We you figure all the chemicals that are in something like this going directly in your mouth and it's sitting in their for a long period of time, the saliva and the juices and the chemicals it's gonna absorb in your tissues there and something is going to happen," said Chris Tittel, with the Florida Department of Health in Leon County. "So 'Through with Chew' week is a way of helping to make sure that those things don't happen. That people aren't using these products and if they are using them now we want to let them know we'd wanna know we want to help them quit."

Florida Department of Health officials say smokeless tobacco often contains ingredients that can lead to cancer of the mouth, throat and pancreas.