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Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Attend
Back to School Expo
August 3, 2013

Members of the Oslo Middle School Students Working Against Tobacco Club attended the Back to School Expo at the Indian River Mall in August 3, 2013.  The SWAT youth staffed a booth with information on youth tobacco prevention, talking to parents about tobacco industry tactics to get kids to try tobacco.  The youth also shared informational brochures on the issues of flavored tobacco and point-of-sale advertising in retail outlets.

The SWAT students also asked people to pledge to be tobacco-free by signing and writing messages on a Tobacco Free Florida poster.  The poster will be displayed at SWAT events in the future.

SWAT Youth at Back to School Event
Gia Prion, 12, of Oslo Middle School and half-sister Sabena Caddy, 10, visiting from Tallahassee, sign the Tobacco Free Florida poster at the SWAT booth during the Back to School Expo. (Photo by Cliff Partlow)

Members of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Indian River County chaperoned the SWAT youth, discussing the SWAT program and recruiting students to join SWAT clubs throughout Indian River County.  The Partnership members also discussed the issue of youth marketing of tobacco products with parents attending the event.

For more information on the SWAT program in Indian River County, including our new club at Sebastian Boys & Girls Club, contact Leslie Spurlock at