The slogan will be featured throughout the Little League Baseball World Series while raising awareness of the dangers of using the tobacco product.
?It?s an awesome program, and I told him that the most important thing is that maybe you?ll convince someone not to start,? Beth Smith, Alex?s mother, said. ?That?s the whole key?if you don?t start, then you don?t have to quit.?
According to the Oral Health American press release, ?The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that while cigarette use continues to decline, spit tobacco use among adults remains the same. In addition, almost half of all new users start before the age 18, with 8.8% of all high school students using smokeless tobacco as of 2013. Through the slogan contest and other advocacy and education efforts throughout the year, NSTEP works to educate people, especially young people, about spit tobacco and helps all users quit.?
As the winner of the competition, Alex will attend the Little League Baseball World Series, held annually in South Williamsport, PA, a cash prize, and a $500 donation from OHA to his local little league team.
?NSTEP provides Little League athletes with an opportunity to start a dialogue about an alarming trend in tobacco use on and off the field,? said Beth Truett, President and CEO of Oral Health America. ?We are thrilled about the enthusiasm of youth engaging their peers with an important message about the dangers of smokeless tobacco.?