Great American Spit Out part of Tobacco Free Florida campaign

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 05:20 PM.

TALLAHASSEE — Tobacco products like chew, dip and snuff are not harmless.

But because they're smokeless, youth and adults may underestimate the serious health risks associated with these products.

While cigarette use declines, smokeless tobacco use has remained steady among Florida's youth for more than a decade.

To help raise awareness about smokeless tobacco's dangers, the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida is observing Through With Chew Week, which ends Saturday.

"Some youth may mistakenly believe that when they start smoking or use any tobacco product, they are able to quit very easily," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "This type of addiction is very hard to break, and the health risks are extremely high for any tobacco product."

The Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida's tobacco settlement fund.

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