NSTEP®

 


NSTEP’s mission is to prevent people, especially young people, from starting to use smokeless (or spit) tobacco, and to help all users quit.

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Celebrating Twenty Years!

Fifty years have passed since the publication of the Surgeon General’s Smoking & Health report. That report marked a major step forward towards reducing the adverse impact of tobacco use. Still each year, millions of Americans put their health at risk by using spit tobacco products and almost half (46%) of new users are under 18 when they first try it.

That is why the message of NSTEP® (National Spit Tobacco Education Program) remains so important. For 20 years, the initiative has educated families and the American public about the dangers of smokeless and spit tobacco.

NSTEP is also part of a coalition of organizations that influenced the limit on use of smokeless tobacco products in Major League ballparks in 2012. For the first time in history, players are unable to use smokeless tobacco products on the field and in front of fans and cameras.

Download our NSTEP Fact Sheet to learn more about its history and goals.

 


RESOURCES TO QUIT

NSTEP has a long history of helping smokeless tobacco users quit. View some of the helpful resources that describe the dangers of tobacco.

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Public Service Announcements

White Sox Pitcher, John Danks, teamed with NSTEP to spread the message “Just because it’s smokeless doesn’t mean it’s harmless.”

VIEW HERE

SLOGAN CONTEST

slogan contest

NSTEP sponsors a slogan contest with Little League International to educate players about the dangers of smokeless tobacco. DEADLINE: MONDAY, 7/7/2014

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Alex Smith 2014 NSTEPNSTEP:

Oral Health America’s National Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP) was founded in 1994 as an effort to educate baseball families and the American public about the dangers of smokeless and spit tobacco. NSTEP works to break the long-standing link between this potentially deadly drug and America’s pastime. Each year, anywhere from 10 to 16 million Americans put their health at risk by using spit tobacco products.

The National Spit Tobacco Education Program’s mission is to prevent people, especially young people, from starting to use spit tobacco, and to help all users quit.

The 2014 winner of the NSTEP slogan contest is Alex Smith (pictured on the left) from Falls Church, VA, who developed the phrase: “Play with grit. Strive to hit. But never spit!” Alex won a trip to Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., along with a cash prize and donation to his Little League organization. Congratulations Alex!

To learn more about our 2014 winner, click here.

 


What can you do to help?

  • Spread the word! With your help, we can educate parents and kids about the dangers of tobacco. Download our social media kit to share statistics about oral health and the dangers of chewing tobacco
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