Smokeless Tobacco Risks and Oral Cancer Screening Options

Whatever you call it — chew, dip, snuff, spit, plug, wad, pinch— it’s not a safe alternative to cigarettes. The tobacco industry markets the product “smokeless tobacco” as safer than cigarettes because you are not lighting up. But, smokeless tobacco is harmful and is every bit as addictive. In recent years, the tobacco industry has […]

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The More Tobacco Marketing Kids See, The More Likely They Are To Smoke

Kids who shop in stores with tobacco marketing, such as gas stations and convenience stores, are 64% more likely to start smoking than their friends who don’t. (1) What specifically is going on in these stores to cause this difference in risk? Tobacco companies pay $27.1 Million annually, in Montana alone, (2) to concentrate their […]

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Candy Flavored Tobacco

Many kids believe flavored tobacco products are less harmful than their non-flavored counterparts. In fact, the 2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed, more than 40 percent of U.S. youth (grades 6-12) who currently smoke, reported using flavored tobacco. Despite a 2009 federal ban on candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes, tobacco companies continue to lure kids with […]

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Kick Butts Day Scavenger Hunt

For decades, Big Tobacco has marketed its deadly and addictive products to teens like you. Thanks to a 2009 law passed by Congress, the Food and Drug Administration has restricted some forms of tobacco marketing. However, in the U.S. alone, tobacco marketing still totals $8.5 billion a year – nearly one million dollars each day. […]

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Youth are price sensitive – Let’s end the tobacco epidemic

February 19, 2015 | Tobacco Prevention

Thanks to moderate cigarette taxes, the Clean Indoor Air Act, and the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program; cigarettes are less accessible, less attractive, and less affordable. Unfortunately, the use of cigars, little cigars, e-cigarettes, and spit tobacco is not declining. Tobacco tax increases are one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use, especially […]

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Are you “through with chew”?

January 30, 2015 | Cancer Screening, Tobacco Prevention

Whatever you call it — chew, dip, snuff, spit, plug, wad, pinch— it’s not a safe alternative to cigarettes. If you are a father, brother, coach or community leader who uses chewing tobacco, you are setting a risky example for youth in your life. 90 percent of adults who use tobacco started in childhood, and […]

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Shattering Myths about Drugs & Drug Abuse

Teens and adolescents are constantly bombarded with advertising and conflicting messages regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 to counteract the myths that teens often hear from the Internet, TV, movies, music, or friends. This year, National Drug Facts Week will be observed January 26th through February […]

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The Not So Apparent Dangers of E-juice

January 26, 2015 | Tobacco Prevention

In recent months, poison control centers reported soaring numbers of accidental poisonings in both adults and children from skin contact or swallowing the liquid used in electronic cigarettes. These poisonings are a symptom of the real problem: marketing these products toward kids. The liquids used in e-cigarette devices often come in child-friendly flavors and colors. […]

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