Union Academy Principal Diane Cotton and Macon County Public Health are serious about helping Union students not use tobacco products.
On Jan. 27, Union Academy partnered with Macon County Public Health and hosted a student assembly at which Paul Turner, Director of NC Spit Tobacco Education Program was invited to speak. Turner is a former director of Oral Health America’s National Spit Tobacco Education Program and has worked with Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, the Professional Baseball Trainers Association, the dental community and the tobacco control community to educate youth, parents, athletes and coaches that spit tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. He retired as Deputy Director of Oral Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to the use of spit tobacco, Turner discussed the dangers of using all tobacco products, including smoking and ENDS products (electronic nicotine delivery systems), such as e-cigarettes. He explained the dangers of all tobacco products and dispelled some myths about the use of ENDS safety. ENDS still contain nicotine and, since manufacturers are not required to publish what chemicals are also contained in them, it is unknown what toxins are being inhaled. Nicotine in itself is addictive.