EDITOR:This week, some TORPEDOS (a high school leadership group from Florence) went into Florence Elementary School to talk to kids about a new danger.
Tobacco companies are continuing to manipulate their products to get youth addicted by using new strategies to market smokeless tobacco.
These products are not your grandpa's chew, but instead are packaged in containers specifically designed to resemble candy. Smokeless tobacco products are on the market today are available in many appealing and candy-like flavors, are low in cost, and contain nicotine and 28 cancer-causing agents.
Smokeless tobacco products do not decrease the dangers associated with using tobacco, but in fact increases the risk.
According to the Mayo Clinic, your body actually absorbs more nicotine from chewing tobacco or snuff that from cigarettes. The risk of esophageal cancer, oral cancer, cavities, gum disease and heart disease all increase greatly with use of smokeless tobacco.
To warn children of the dangers of these products and draw attention the marketing strategies used by big tobacco companies, TORPEDOS performed a skit for third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders at Florence Elementary this week.
TORPEDOS students challenged youth to be well informed about what the tobacco companies are doing, and to refuse to be targeted by nicotine products.
TORPEDOS students wish to encourage all youth and inform parents to be aware of these dangers and choose to be tobacco free.