Mar 05 2010

Cancer survivor visits Jackson Co. High School Students

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Gruen Von Behrens

Gruen Von Behrens

Holton H.S. JCYC leader and members introduce Gruen

Holton H.S. JCYC leader and members introduce Gruen


Gruen first tried spit tobacco at age 13 to “fit in.” By age 17, he had been diagnosed with oral cancer. Since then he has had 34 surgeries to save his life, including one surgery that removed half his neck muscles, lymph nodes, and half of his tongue. Gruen told students, “if I had known then what I know now, I never would have put a dip in my mouth. Spit tobacco seemed harmless, but is has ruined my life plans.” A dip of chew has 1 to 5 times the amount of nicotine as one cigarette!
Spit tobacco contains over 28 known cancer-causing agents.
Gruen tells his story, through slurred words, to students all over the country because he cares about them and wants them to learn from his mistake and make better decisions then he did.
For more information about spit tobacco go to this web site:
http://www.quittobacco.com/facts/effects.htm

To get help quitting any tobacco addiction call the Quit Tobacco help line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW

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