Lose the Chew for Health

It’s “Lose the Chew” week, and the Shasta County Tobacco Education Coalition offers “Quit Kits” for those who are trying to kick the habit.

Tobacco chewers might believe that it’s safer than smoking, but chewing tobacco has been linked to oral cancer, heart attacks and stroke, said Nathan Read, the county’s tobacco education coordinator. Chewing tobacco contains 28 known cancer-causing chemicals.

For more info or a “Quit Kit,” call Nathan at 225-5134.

  • My favorite movie of 2009, “The Hurt Locker,” cleaned up over the weekend at the BAFTAs, the British film awards. Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win a BAFTA for best director, beating out her ex-husband, James Cameron, director of “Avatar.” The Oscars are March 7. More here
  • Popular folk/rock band Manzanita performs at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Redding Library’s community room. Admission is FREE.
  • Rules for Successful Living #46: When in the company of well-diggers, don’t get them started on how cold it is.

sb-07-09A journalist since 1975, Steve Brewer is the author of 16 books, most recently the thriller “Cutthroat.” He moved to Redding from New Mexico in 2003.

Steve Brewer

is the author of CUTTHROAT and 17 other books. Read more of his columns at http://stevebrewer.blogspot.com/, or follow him on Facebook.

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