Oral Health America (OHA) is pleased to announce its 12th Annual NSTEP® (National Spit Tobacco Program) Slogan Contest. Teaming up with Little League Baseball and Softball, the program calls on players ages 8-14 to create a ten-word phrase describing the dangers of spit tobacco for a chance to win a trip to the Little League Baseball® World Series!
Each year, anywhere from 10 to 16 million Americans put their health at risk by using spit tobacco products. Tobacco use is linked to cancers of the oral cavity, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, and pancreas. Together, NSTEP and Little League educate families about the risks of spit tobacco use, including oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and nicotine addiction.
“Little League always has and always will have the utmost concern for the health and well-being of all children,” Stephen D. Keener, President and CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “This is why we are proud to partner with Oral Health America in promoting the NSTEP Slogan Contest to make sure all young children understand the risks associated with using smokeless tobacco.”
Last year, NSTEP joined a coalition of organizations in limiting the use of smokeless tobacco products in Major League ballparks. The program seeks to continue to create conversations around the dangers of tobacco and help those who currently chew to quit.
“This contest provides an opportunity for Little League athletes to create a dialogue about the harms of tobacco use on and off the field,” said Beth Truett, President and CEO of Oral Health America. “We are truly amazed and extremely proud of the creativity and passion these children bring in promoting a tobacco-free lifestyle amongst their peers.”
The participant with the most creative slogan will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Little League Baseball® World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., and a $500 cash prize! Plus, Oral Health America will also make a $500 donation to the player’s local Little League. For more information about the contest, please visit www.oralhealthamerica.org/programs/nstep.
OHA’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to oral health care, education and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. For more information about Oral Health America, please visit www.oralhealthamerica.org.