SEARHC Raises Awareness of Smokeless Tobacco Health Risks

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SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
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Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as president and chief executive officer of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Charles Clement brings decades of experience to this role.

Recently, SEARHC promoted the Through with Chew Week, a national effort to raise awareness of the health impact of smokeless tobacco use. In Alaska, the use of smokeless tobacco remains a major issue.

Some people have the perception that smokeless tobacco is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. The Through with Chew campaign helps people realize the dangers of smokeless tobacco. The campaign is especially important in Alaska, where adult use of smokeless tobacco has remained consistent from 1996 to 2015.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer reports the presence of 28 carcinogenic chemicals in smokeless tobacco. A common form of smokeless tobacco is chew, which can cause changes in the soft tissues of the mouth that are precursors to oral cancer. In addition, chewing tobacco irritates the gums and can lead to gum recession. Further, many products contain sugar, which can cause dental decay.

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