"I always make sure there’s plenty of TeaZa in our dugout.” - David "Boomer" Wells, Former MLB Pitcher and Operation Tobacco Free Ambassador
CLEARWATER, Fla. (PRWEB) May 30, 2018
TeaZa® Energy, LLC - a company that produces manufactures and sells a tobacco-free, nicotine-free alternative to smokeless tobacco products - and its prosocial initiative, Operation Tobacco Free (OTF) announces on the eve of World No Tobacco Day it will soon release a limited edition Pro-Puck collectible product series, displaying images and autographs of professional athletes who’ve taken the OTF pledge to be tobacco-free. The first three products in the series will be available this summer online at TeaZaEnergy.com and will feature OTF Ambassadors including former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, David “Boomer” Wells; outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL,) Bradley Chubb; and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL player, Mike Alstott. Product sales will help fund OTF’s youth sports sponsorship program and partnering pro-athlete foundations including Perfect 33 Foundation, Chubb Foundation, and Mike Alstott Family Foundation.
The OTF initiative is dedicated to reaching some 8.7 million smokeless tobacco users nationwide.¹ Every day, 1,000 kids age 12 - 17 use smokeless tobacco for the first time² and 17.4 percent of male, high school athletes use smokeless tobacco regularly.³
“I am committed to being part of the movement to get tobacco out of youth sports,” Wells said, who serves as head coach of his alma mater’s baseball team at Point Loma High School in San Diego, California. “Chewing tobacco is highly addictive and causes major health problems. I encourage the teens I coach to refuse to use tobacco in the first place. I always make sure there’s plenty of TeaZa in our dugout.”
OTF has proudly donated tens of thousands of dollars in product and sponsorships to youth sports teams, health programs and nonprofit initiatives, including a tobacco de-addiction study conducted by Project RISH I at the University of Southern California (USCPR).⁴
According to a USCPR white paper, 40% of study participants reported as much as 66% decreased tobacco use while using TeaZa® Energy, and 10% of study participants reported they completely quit using tobacco products altogether while using TeaZa® Energy.⁵
“Our clinical staff and research and development specialists created TeaZa with the understanding that people who are trying to quit smokeless tobacco, need an oral substitute to take the place of the chew or pouch,” said Brent Agin, MD, President and CEO of TeaZa® Energy. “The tobacco de-addiction study results and our customer feedback prove that TeaZa is helping people supplement and even quit their smokeless tobacco habits.”
Educating the public about the harms of tobacco use is an integral part of OTF’s mission to end smokeless tobacco use in the US.
All athletes featured in the TeaZa® Energy Pro-Puck series have taken the OTF pledge to be tobacco-free. By taking the pledge, they acknowledge that tobacco in any form is harmful, including cigarettes, cigars, spit tobacco and any other product containing nicotine. All tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, contain nicotine which is highly addictive. Chew contains at least 28 chemicals known to cause cancer and up to twice the amount of nicotine as a cigarette. Smokeless tobacco use can cause oral lesions, oral cancer, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, heart disease, gum disease and death.⁶
For complete details and updates on the TeaZa Energy® limited edition Pro-Puck series, visit TeaZaEnergy.com/pro-puck.
About TeaZa® Energy
TeaZa® is a tobacco-free, nicotine-free alternative to smokeless tobacco products proven effective by independent research. Doctor-formulated with natural ingredients, TeaZa® pouches are gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and contain zero sugar, zero calories and are power-packed with herbs and vitamins including green tea, ginseng and B-vitamins. TeaZa® Energy is available in: Peppermint, Spicy Cinnamon, Black Cherry, Bangin' Black Cherry Bomb, Tropical, Coffee and Fire flavors. Caffeine-free TeaZa® Chill with Relora® is available in Cool Mint and Tropical flavors. TeaZa® products do not contain any banned or prohibited substances or ingredients listed as prohibited by the MLB or NCAA. TeaZa® is processed in Clearwater, FL, in a certified Good Manufacturing Process (cGMP) facility, the standard for all supplements not regulated by the FDA. Visit TeaZaEnergy.com. TeaZa Energy Social: Facebook, Twitter @teazaenergy, Instagram, YouTube, Google +.
About Operation Tobacco Free
Operation Tobacco Free (OTF) is a prosocial initiative sponsored by TeaZa® Energy that
serves to discourage tobacco use and inspire healthy lifestyles through education, community
outreach and support of youth sports and health programs. Launched in 2015, OTF has proudly
donated tens of thousands of dollars in product donations and sponsorships through its
sponsorship program and Ditch the Dip campaign. For more information visit:
About World No Tobacco Day 2018
World No Tobacco Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 to draw
global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. The
theme for World No Tobacco Day 2018, is “Tobacco and heart disease.” The campaign
will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. For more information visit who.int.
About Perfect 33 Foundation
Perfect 33 Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) founded by former MLB pitcher, David “Boomer” Wells and his wife, Nina. Named for the perfect game Wells pitched in 1998 as number 33 of the New York Yankees, the foundation raises funds to promote youth athletics and education; and supports military service members and their families. Visit Perfect33Foundation.org. Perfect 33 Foundation Social: Twitter @Perfect33F, Instagram.
About Chubb Foundation
Chubb Foundation was founded by two brothers with a passion for sports - outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) Bradley Chubb, and Detroit Lions linebacker Brandon Chubb. The mission of the Chubb Foundation is to use sports as a platform to activate human potential by teaching and encouraging kids at football camps and giving back through community events. Visit ChubbFoundation.com. Cubb Foundation Social: Facebook, Twitter @ChubbFoundation, Instagram.
About Mike Alstott Family Foundation
The Mike Alstott Family Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) founded by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL player, Mike Alstott and his family, with the mission of assisting others in uplifting the minds, hearts and spirits of families and children on their way to realizing their full potential through various events, assistance programs, and celebrations. Visit MikeAlstottFamilyFoundation.org. Mike Alstott Family Foundation Social: Facebook, Twitter @M_A_F_ F, Instagram, YouTube.
¹ Lipari, Rachel N., and Struther L. Van Horn. “Trends in Smokeless Tobacco Use and Initiation: 2002 to 2014.” Veterans and Military Families | SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2740/ShortReport-2740.html.
² Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and
Health, NSDUH: Detailed Tables, 2017, https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016.pdf
³ CDC, “Combustible and Smokeless Tobacco Use Among High School Athletes — United States, 2001–2013,” MMWR 64(34):935-939,
September 4, 2015.
⁴ "USC Project RISHI Tobacco Intervention Post-Initiative Packet Methodology and Execution Breakdown." (n.d.): n. pag. Oct. 2016. Web. 17 May 2018. https://teazaenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/USCPR-Tobacco-Post-Trip-Packet.pdf
⁵ Vasudev, Varun. (n.d.): n. pag. 30 May 2017. Web. 17 May 2018. https://teazaenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/USC-Project-RISHI-Tobacco-Pilot-Study.pdf
⁶ "Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer." National Cancer Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2018. cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/smokeless-fact-sheet.