You're an athlete. You want to play your best at all times.
You don't smoke because you know smoking harms not only your lungs, but also your game. Some of your teammates are considering using chew tobacco, and you're considering trying it yourself. After all, it won't harm your health or performance right?
Did you know that people who are involved with organized sports are more likely to use smokeless tobacco products, like chew, than people who don't play sports?
You may think that smokeless tobacco is safer because, as the name implies, there is no smoke. The truth is that smokeless tobacco is just as harmful to your health and your sports performance as cigarettes.
Using smokeless tobacco can seriously impact your game in a negative way.
So if you want to be the best you can be at your sport, your best option is to PLAY, LIVE and BE tobacco-free!
To find out more information on smokeless tobacco, contact the Health Unit 705-474-1400 or 1-800-563-2808.
Flavoured Chew Tobacco
About 7.2% of students in the North Bay Parry Sound District reported using a smokeless tobacco product in 2012.
Smokeless tobacco products, such as chew tobacco, as well as other tobacco products like cigars, cigarillos and waterpipe (hookah) are products that are specifically targeted to youth. These products come in a variety of flavours, such as grape, cherry, mango, strawberry, ice cream, vanilla and more. Because of the candy flavouring and colourful packaging, many youth and their parents are often unaware that these products contain tobacco. They are often seen as being healthier than cigarettes, but the truth is that they are just as harmful to your health. For more information on this topic and to take a stand against flavoured tobacco products, visit takeaction.cancer.ca.
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. Report on Substance Use Among Youth in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, 2012.