Friday, January 21, 2005

Wyoming. launches campaign to curb chewing tobacco use

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - After years of swallowing her chewing tobacco so she could hide her addiction from her fellow nurses, Kevin Dager decided that she no longer wanted to be one of the 5 percent of Wyoming women who chew.

"I was tired of the deceit in my life," Dager said Wednesday at a news conference to rally support for Wyoming's statewide campaign to end smokeless tobacco addiction.

Wyoming has more chewing tobacco users per capita than any other state besides West Virginia, speakers said. One of five adult males uses snuff here, putting a significant portion of the population at risk of mouth cancer and other nasty oral afflictions.

The reason chew is so prevalent in Wyoming is a mixture of cowboy culture and marketing, said Niki Sue Mueller, program coordinator for Wyoming's Through With Chew Week, Feb. 13-19......

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