Presentation set on chew tobacco danger

Rick Bender, a former spit tobacco user and oral cancer survivor, will tell his story at a one-hour presentation on from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the MSU Billings Petro Theatre. The presentation is free and open to the public. This program is designed for anyone, but is especially targeted for young adults and teenagers who think that tobacco only causes cancer in older adults.

The event is part of “Through with Chew Week” promoted by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Bender’s appearance at MSU Billings is sponsored by the university’s Student Health Services and MSU Billings HEROES.

Bender started using spit tobacco (or “chew”) when he was 12. He said many things influenced his decision to start using, including watching baseball players. When he was 26, he was diagnosed with cancer and in 1989 underwent the first of four major surgeries to remove the cancer. He lost a third of his tongue, half of his jaw and a portion of his right arm.

source: Health-med-fit

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