Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Through With Chew Week, Feb. 18-24, is a week-long initiative designed to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco. In support of the event, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), is reminding Oklahomans of some common triggers and helpful alternatives to smokeless tobacco.

While smokers sometimes switch to smokeless tobacco as a method of quitting, it’s still extremely addictive, and someone who dips two cans a week gets as much or more nicotine as a pack-a-day smoker. Additionally, smokeless tobacco can cause cancer of the mouth, throat, cheek and gums, and contributes to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline provides FREE assistance to those thinking about quitting smokeless tobacco, including text and email support, phone and web coaching and a two-week supply of patches, gum or lozenges for registered participants. “With customizable, complimentary options and resources that can be tailored to your personal preferences and lifestyle, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is an asset to Oklahomans whether they use smokeless tobacco or cigarettes,” said Reita Babek, Cleveland County TSET Healthy Living Program Coordinator. To learn more about Through With Chew Week, visit OKhelpline.com/through-with-chew.

Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com to learn more or explore all of the free services available to Oklahomans. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline’s resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Connect with the Helpline through social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook or following @OKhelpline on Twitter and Instagram.