As part of "Through with Chew Week," Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) will give a presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Tobacco Free Partnership of Pasco County meeting at Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St., Land O' Lakes. "Through With Chew Week" week is observed by the Department of Health in Pasco County and Tobacco Free Florida, and is designed to teach the community that using smokeless tobacco — which includes products such as chew, spit, dip and snuff — is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.
To help raise awareness, SWAT Clubs are also hosting events at their schools this week and engaging in community outreach to educate about candy flavored, smokeless tobacco and tobacco-free schools.
"According to the 2012 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey, Pasco County hovers above the state average in all forms of tobacco use — including smokeless tobacco," Monica Rousseau, SWAT Coordinator for Pasco County, said in a press release. "Many youth try candy flavored, smokeless tobacco products; they find these flavors are more appealing and easier to start using. Studies and anecdotal evidence have also shown that youth believe these products are less harmful than non-flavored tobacco products."
For more information, call the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County at (727) 861-5250, ext. 276.