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Tobacco Free Florida Encourages Communities to "Skip the Dip" during Through With Chew Week
February 18, 2019

STUART, Fla. – This Through With Chew Week, Feb. 18-24, Tobacco Free Florida and the QuitDoc Foundation are encouraging smokeless tobacco users to set a quit date and create a personalized quit plan using Tobacco Free Florida’s free Quit Your Way tools and services. Through With Chew Week raises awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use (chew, dip and snus) and the many effective resources available to quit.

“Our local SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Clubs are dedicated to educating their peers about the dangers of smokeless tobacco,” said SWAT Coordinator Kim Nash. “They are dedicated to helping end tobacco use among their generation.”

Smokeless tobacco is not harmless and can lead to nicotine addiction (1). Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, throat and pancreas, as well as increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke (2,3). In fact, smokeless tobacco users have an 80 percent higher risk of oral cancer and a 60 percent higher risk of esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer compared to non-users (4).

Stuart Middle School SWAT Members share information at the Martin County Fair.

Local SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Youth spread awareness this year at the Martin County Fair, where the ran a booth to educate and inform the public on the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

Murray Middle School SWAT Members are ready to greet Fair attendees!

While smokeless tobacco use among Florida youth (11-17) has decreased throughout the years, many rural communities have significantly higher prevalence rates. The current youth smokeless tobacco rates in some of Florida’s rural counties are two to four times higher than the state average (5).

In Martin County, 1.4% of youth currently use smokeless tobacco products, down from 3% in 2012.

Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services for Floridians looking to quit any form of tobacco, including smokeless. Those looking to quit can call 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669) or visit



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  4. Boffetta, P, et al., “Smokeless tobacco and cancer,” The Lancet 9:667-675, 2008.
  5. Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS), Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, 2018.