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Smokeless Tobacco Users Encouraged to Quit During Through With Chew Week, February 18-24

Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline offers FREE Support to Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY – Feb. 15, 2018 – Through With Chew Week, February 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.

“Through With Chew is an ideal week for Oklahomans to learn about the dangers of smokeless tobacco while encouraging them to think about the impact tobacco has on their overall health,” said John Woods, TSET executive director. “The Helpline is here to help Oklahomans who want to support their loved ones through the quitting process or for those who are actively trying to quit using 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 Paola Klein, Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact: Julie Bisbee, Director of Public Information and Outreach
julieb@tset.ok.gov
(405) 521-4992 (office)
(405) 301-3693 (cell)

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a FREE service for Oklahomans wanting to quit tobacco. Funding is primarily provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Employees Group Insurance Division and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 360,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and was ranked the top quitline for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment in FY2013 by the North American Quitline Consortium.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to tset.ok.gov.