"Spit It Out". That's the slogan for a new campaign launched today by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The program is targeting teens to convince them that smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking but the reality is that dip can be deadly.
Barry Wilson, of the Texas Department of State Health Services, says, "Dip can cause cancer similar to cigarette use, a person who uses dip may be exposed to more cancer causing chemicals than a person who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day based on the higher nicotine levels per serving in smokeless tobacco."
The campaign was launched in Lubbock Tuesday in conjunction with the Texas FFA convention here, which has drawn more than 6,000 teenagers from across the state. Wilson says that in Texas, 4% of adults use smokeless tobacco but 8% of Texas teens dip or chew tobacco. Television and radio advertisements will air on stations in Lubbock as well as other parts of the state. Banner advertisements will appear on popular teen web sites.
You can learn more by going to the TDH website at www.spititout.org