Great American Spit Out
Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug & 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 on February 25, 2021. 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 – specific nitrosamines. However, it is the nicotine in these products that cause the addiction. Nicotine absorption in smokeless tobacco products is 3 to 4 times that of smoking tobacco products and its slow absorption allows for a longer length of stay in the bloodstream.
Tobacco (cigarettes, smokeless, and vaporized) is included in drugs first and most commonly abused by youth. The higher prevalence and earlier initiation of use makes monitoring these drugs useful when monitoring at-risk students for progression from experimentation to social use to addiction to these and other substances. According to the PAYS data in 2019, tobacco (including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco) was the second most commonly used drug among adolescents. Because these drugs generally have more social acceptability, the use may normalize the larger idea of drug use as acceptable. Another potential risk is their use may “prime” the brain for addiction to other substances.
For assistance quitting:
Clarion County Tobacco Programs Coordinator:
Paula Di Gregory
Northwest PA Tobacco Control Program
Clarion County Resources
- CenClear 814-226-4171
- Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission 814-226-6350