DipStop™ Inc., Selected to Participate in West Virginia’s "Quit Dip" Programs

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DipStop™ Inc., a worldwide leader in the manufacture and distribution of safe alternatives to smokeless tobacco, supports and is selected to participate in West Virginia’s "quit dip" programs. Funded and directed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Tobacco Prevention, the program’s purpose is to promote public awareness concerning the dangers of smokeless tobacco. Dr. Richard Meckstroth, Professor and Chairman, Department of Dental Practice and Rural Health, at the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University, helps coordinate the program and provided the following comments.

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West Virginia "Save Face" program

I selected Bacc Off for the kits after conducting a mini-research study to determine which non-tobacco products smokeless tobacco users reported being similar in taste and texture when mixed with the tobacco they used.

DipStop™ Inc., a worldwide leader in the manufacture and distribution of safe alternatives to smokeless tobacco, supports and is selected to participate in West Virginia’s quit dip programs. Funded and directed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Tobacco Prevention, the program’s purpose is to promote public awareness concerning the dangers of smokeless tobacco. Dr. Richard Meckstroth, Professor and Chairman, Department of Dental Practice and Rural Health, at the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University, helps coordinate the program and provided these comments.

Dr. Meckstroth . . “Smoking is such a huge issue that often smokeless tobacco is overlooked. I attempt to coordinate an effort to promote public awareness of the health risks associated with the use of smokeless tobacco delivered by multiple sources throughout West Virginia.”

“Bacc Off (distributed by Dipstop, Inc.) is included in Quit the Spit Kits dentists give patients that are interested in quitting. Some physicians, health departments and others distribute them as well. . . . I selected Bacc Off for the kits after conducting a mini-research study to determine which non-tobacco products smokeless tobacco users reported being similar in taste and texture when mixed with the tobacco they used.”

"As for resources available to assist smokeless users with quitting, we refer to the West Virginia Quitline. With the high rate of smokeless tobacco use in WV the Quitline does a little better job working with smokeless users than most quitlines. My Last Dip is another good resource that has helped many users to quit."

The West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention supports tobacco prevention efforts through three programs - Youth Prevention, Cessation and Clean Indoor Air. The mission of the WVDTP is to achieve a tobacco-free West Virginia and to reduce the health and economic consequences attributable to tobacco at a state and community level. The WVDTP is one of four divisions within the Office of Epidemiology and Health Promotion. For more information, go to http://www.wvdtp.org.

In addition to nicotine, spit tobacco contains 28 chemicals known to cause cancer and other health problems. Here are just a few: Formaldehyde (in embalming fluid), Arsenic (in rat poison), Polonium (in nuclear waste), Cadmium (in car batteries), Cyanide (a deadly gas), Lead (a nerve poison).

Often referred to as dip or chew, many tobacco users mistakenly believe smokeless tobacco to be a safe delivery system for nicotine, the drug that fuels tobacco addiction. However, Growing concern about the health effects of chewing tobacco has motivated hundreds of thousands of dippers to seek a safer alternative.

DipStop™ Inc. was founded in 1991 by Russell Ralston to combat the critical health problems associated with smokeless tobacco by helping users break the nicotine habit. Family owned and operated in Selma Alabama, DipStop is one of several business units dedicated to the development and introduction of innovative products created to improve the health and well-being of its global customer base. Initially offered in wintergreen, cinnamon, and mint flavors, BaccOff™ straight non-tobacco chew was introduced in 1993 as the first chewing tobacco alternative with the taste, texture, and *spitability of real tobacco snuff.

*spitability - The wherewithal to expel a reasonable amount of brownish liquid from between the lips with sufficient force to roll small bugs, stir up dust, and send dogs and cats running for cover.

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