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Highlands County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Chapter Wraps Up Another Productive Year!
April 12, 2023

SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) is Florida's statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. SWAT is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future. SWAT works to change the social norms associated with tobacco. This means we want to change the way people think about tobacco… making it less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible.

SWAT Youth accomplish this by advocating for change in local policies that affect how tobacco is marketed, how it is sold, and where it can be used. SWAT members can typically expect to participate in a wide range of activities including community education and outreach, public speaking, collecting data, and media advocacy.


Their favorite event this year was the Sebring Soda Festival, where they were able to showcase their outreach through anti-tobacco and vaping messages, while also getting to serve the community with an array of sweet and tangy craft sodas! It was a fun experience and they look forward to this event every year!

We are beyond proud of the effort our SWAT youth exerted advocating for their health over the past year, as well as the health of their peers and community members. They were active in numerous community events and festivals, they celebrated several tobacco related holidays and held several recruitment events! The SWAT Club is looking forward to continuing their efforts throughout the next year!

To learn more about SWAT visit our website or contact Amanda at