Join the ‘Great American Spit Out' on Feb. 20

Join the ‘Great American Spit Out' on Feb. 20

Join the ‘Great American Spit Out' on Feb. 20

CLARION The Armstrong, Indiana and Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission is partnering with the American Cancer Society to recognize the national campaign, "Great American Spit Out" on Feb. 20.

Armstrong, Indiana and Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission is encouraging tobacco users to commit or recommit to healthy, smoke-free lives by participating in the Tobacco Resistance Unit's annual Great American Spit Out event.

Unfortunately, the myths concerning smokeless tobacco are still in existence, giving tobacco users a false hope.

This is a great time to step up to the challenge of quitting smokeless tobacco. Stay dip-free for 24 hours and get started on a tobacco-free future.

Chewing smokeless tobacco contains 28 carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). The most harmful carcinogens are tobacco, specifically nitrosamines.

However, it is the nicotine in these products that cause the addiction.

Nicotine absorption in smokeless tobacco products is three to four times that of smoking tobacco products and its slow absorption allows for a longer length of stay in the bloodstream.

From 2011 to 2019, current use of smokeless tobacco went down among middle and high school students.

From 2011 to 2019, youth users decreased from 10.1 percent to 6.6 percent in the past 30 days.

Clarion County youth use is above the national average at 15.3 percent in the past 30 days in 2017.

The following are resources and their websites or phone numbers that can assist with the quitting process:

4American Cancer Society at http://http://www.cancer.org/Become an Ex: www.becomeanex.org;

4Kill the can at http://www.killthecan.org;

4Tobacco quit line at (800) 784-8669.