Sunstar Butler, a leader in advanced oral hygiene products, has announced that 10-year-old Kai Calder is the winner of Oral Health America's 2004 National Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP) Little League slogan contest. NSTEP is funded in part by Sunstar Butler and the Academy of Sports Dentistry.
Calder, a Little Leaguer from Delray Beach, Fla., beat out 700 other contestants with his slogan "Spit Tobacco -- an Automatic Strikeout!" For his efforts he won an all-expenses-paid trip to this year's Little League Baseball World Series where he was honored for his winning slogan.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 14.8 percent of all boys in U.S. high schools and 1.9 percent of all girls, currently use spit tobacco products. Oral Health America uses NSTEP to educate the entire Little League community about the dangers of spit tobacco and that its use can lead to oral disease and even cancer.
Sunstar Butler remains dedicated to promoting proper oral care through various community initiatives. The company prides itself on its continuous effort to expand the communication of a growing body of knowledge linking oral health to systemic health. Its GUM" brand of oral care products has become one of the most trusted and recommended brands used by dental professionals for more than 80 years.
NSTEP works with Little League International, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, Minor League Baseball and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society to educate Americans on the dangers of spit tobacco, an addictive substance that can cause oral cancer.