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Health Dept. warns of new tobacco products' influence
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DARLINGTON - Though the tide may be turning in the battle against smoking, advocates caution tobacco products are still influential. "(Tobacco companies) are investing heavily in alternative smokeless tobacco products in order to respond to increasing regulations and smoke-free air laws," said Lee Gill RN, PHN, Lafayette County Health Department.Examples of these alternative products include snuff, chewing tobacco, and "snus", which are spit-less tobacco pouches that users place under their upper lip. The tobacco industry promotes smokeless tobacco products as less dangerous alternatives to smoking and markets products in kid-friendly flavors like berry blend, mint, and cherry.

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