Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Clubs in Martin County are Back in Action With the Start of the New School Year
August 28, 2014

School is back in session and the Martin County SWAT Clubs are in full swing!  Martin County currently has 9 active SWAT Clubs, with chapters at South Fork High School, Martin County High School, Jensen Beach High School, Indiantown Middle School, Murray Middle School, Hidden Oaks Middle School, Stuart Middle School, Anderson Middle School, and a community-based club at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County.  And the start of the school year means each of the Clubs are participating in great recruitment activities on their campuses to spread the word about tobacco prevention.

One of the most important messages the Clubs spread to their peer groups is that using tobacco products is NOT a social norm.  In fact, only 7% of middle and high school youths in Martin County have reported that they used a tobacco product at least once, down from 15% in 2007.

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The SWAT Clubs work on many projects throughout the year, from speaking at local legislative meetings about tobacco issues to running campus-wide activities for observances like Kick Butts Day and the Great American Smoke Out.

SWAT Club participation helps students earn community service hours, gain experience for college applications and resumes, and hone their public speaking and leadership skills.  Two local youth attended the SWAT Regional Training in Fort Lauderdale this month, where they attended sessions on leadership skills and learned more about emerging tobacco issues, like point of sale marketing and e-cigarettes.

To learn more or to get involved with a local SWAT Club, contact Kim Waser, SWAT Coordinator at kwaser@quitdoc.com.