Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces The Great American Spit Out (GASO) on Thursday February 19, 2009. The GASO is part of Through With Chew Week, a national initiative aimed at addressing the link between the use of chewing tobacco and poor oral health. The NH Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and Oral Health program are teaming up for the event as a preventative effort in response to the recent 70% increase in the use of chew tobacco by New Hampshire youth.
There are events scheduled around the State to recognize the GASO and Through with Chew Week. Keene State College and Cheshire Medical Center are offering free oral screenings; the North Country’s Mobile Molar Express is also offering free oral screenings for those who qualify; some public schools are offering screenings to students; school nurses and oral healthcare providers in Manchester, Concord, Meredith and Coos County are helping to educate youth on the risks associated with using chew tobacco; and various pizza parlors will be helping to raise awareness about the issue by distributing flyers on the day of the GASO.
To find out about events or screenings in your area, contact your local community coalition. For a list of coalitions go to www.trytostopnh.org or contact the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at 1-800-852-3345 ext. 6684. For help with quitting tobacco use call 1-800-Try-To-STOP (1-800-879-8678) or logon to www.trytostopnh.org. For more information about the Great American Spit Out and the Through With Chew initiative visit www.throughwithchew.com