The Great American Spit Out is brought to you by Bismarck Burleigh Public Health, Christ of Light Church and United Tribes Technical College. The two amazing speakers will be at UTTC Feb 23 from 10-12 in the James Henry Gym. Following thier symposium, its the UTTC Wellness Fair, in the Multi-Purpose Room from 12-4 pm.
Ronnie Trentham, a six-time oral, head and neck cancer survivor, will share his story with students from both schools about the consequences of his personal addiction to smokeless tobacco and the effects it had on him and his family. Ronnie will be accompanied by Cherokee Nation story teller Greg Bilby.
UTTC acknowledges that this message is especailly importnat for our are youth to hear as studies show that the younger a person is when trying a tobacco product, the more likely they are to become addicted. According to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey (2015), 10.6 percent of North Dakota high school students used chewing tobacco, snuff or dip, which was higher than the national average of 8.6 percent.