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Local Efforts During "Through With Chew Week"
February 22, 2020

During this year's Through With Chew Week (February 16-22), Columbia County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth took the opportunity to encourage smokeless tobacco users to set a quit date while also educating their peers one on one. Each year, Through With Chew Week raises awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use (chew, dip and snus) and the effective tools available to quit.


The Tobacco Free Partnership partnered with local SWAT youth to provide information on the dangers of smokeless tobacco to community members at local community events in addition to conducting community presentations regarding the dangers and use of smokeless tobacco use in their respective schools.

Students at Richardson Sixth Grade Academy took the opportunity to inform their peers about the dangers of smokeless tobacco and educate them on the cancer cause chemicals found in a can of chew as well as side effects of use such as gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancel. Students were then able to win a prize after being educated one on one about the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

For more information on the work of the local SWAT Chapter in Columbia County, contact Joey O’Hern at