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PSS students get the message about tobacco

Jan 27, 2014
Students at Penetanguishene Secondary School had the opportunity to learn the facts about tobacco products in January through the "Know What's in Your Mouth" display brought to their school by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

­­PENETANGUISHENE - Students at Penetanguishene Secondary School had the opportunity to learn the facts about tobacco products in January through the "Know What's in Your Mouth" display brought to their school by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.  Nancy Bell, a public health nurse in the tobacco program told students that what starts out as casual use of tobacco – on the weekend, at parties or during sports activity – can easily lead to regular use and full blown addiction.

But she assured students; “I‘m  here because I’m confident that when you have all the facts, when you know how easy it is to get hooked, when you know more about the short-term health effects, you will choose to steer clear of  tobacco.”

It's not just about cigarettes anymore," says PSS teacher Shannon Graham, coordinator of the school’s Quit (smoking) Club. "Tobacco companies are targeting young people with a variety of flavoured tobacco products, like chewing tobacco, and kids are buying into it."

The use of chew has been increasing in the area, especially with young hockey players.  As a result, Bell made a second trip to PSS during National Non-Smoking Week to talk specifically to the students enrolled in the hockey course about the health effects of using chew and other smokeless tobacco products. 

"The message the tobacco companies would have us believe is that smokeless tobacco like chew or dip is harmless, but that is definitely not the case," Bell added.

 

PSS student Amber Kerr takes a bite out of the tobacco industry’s efforts to lure new users, with one of the Know What’s In Your Mouth display items at the school during National Non-Smoking Week.

 

 

From left, Alex Kennedy, Robyn Cole, and Cody Vogt browse the Know What’s In Your Mouth displays at Penetanguishene Secondary School during National Non-Smoking Week.  

  

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