Murray Middle School Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Club Celebrates the Great American Smokeout!
November 16, 2017

Every year, on the third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society works with organizations like Students Workings Against Tobacco (SWAT) in all 67 Florida counties to promote tobacco cessation.

It is called The Great American Smokeout. 

This year, November 16th is the day earmarked for people who smoke cigarettes to pledge to quit smoking or if you don’t smoke it’s a day to make a pledge to never start smoking.  

In Florida, 88 people die every day from a tobaco-related illness. To bring awareness to this during The Great American Smokeout, the Murray Middle School SWAT club has designed a campaign by making shoes to represent the shoes of smokers who are no longer alive to wear them.  The shoes were placed around the campus for students to think twice about starting a habit that could cut their life short.  

Anaya Thornton, president of the Murray Middle School SWAT Club.

SWAT aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. SWAT is a movement of empowered youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Their efforts aim to shape tobacco-free norms, make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible.

To learn more or to get involved, visit or contact Kim Nash at