Great American Spit Out at UTTC Addresses Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Great American Spit Out was at United Tribes Technical College Thursday. Two motivational speakers talked to students about the dangers of smokeless tobacco, and to discourage them from starting to use it.

The James Henry Gym was packed full of students who listened to a six-time oral, head, and neck cancer survivor.

Ronnie Trentham shared his story about the consequences of his addiction to smokeless tobacco and the effects it had not only on him, but also on his family.

"I get to help explain to them and show them my story and tell them just how dangerous it is. Maybe, hopefully, get a few of them to never start or to quit. It's a great privilege, it really is," said Ronnie Trentham, cancer survivor.

Breathe ND says that there are over 8,000 Americans that die every year from the use of spit tobacco.

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