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Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Chapter Embraces Virtual Format in the Wake of COVID
March 1, 2021

The Students Working Against Tobacco Chapter in Indian River continues to meet bi-weekly on Tuesday via Google Meet, collaborating on recent activities and projects to remain engaged in tobacco prevention work during these challenging times. SWAT youth know that it is more important than ever to promote tobacco-free social norms and encourage cessation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chapter has been engaged in several projects throughout the quarter and hopes to continue efforts in the upcoming quarter.

This quarter, the SWAT Chapter had a chance to unwind with a countywide virtual “Friday Night Done Right.” Sponsored by the Substance Abuse Free Indian River Coalition, ten youth from Students Working Against Tobacco joined a Zoom call and learned to make stone soup and sugar cookies from a professional chef! The youth enjoyed the chance to learn a new skill and get to know their fellow advocates better. “It is great getting a chance to know people outside the club setting,” one SWAT member states, “I feel that it helps us work better and achieve our goals; the food was also a plus!”

And the SWAT members went right to work in February, getting involved in the community. For February, SWAT members set their sights to make Valentines for seniors and veterans in isolation due to the pandemic. The SWAT chapter made 125 cards to be distributed and brightened the days of community members.      
The SWAT chapter continues to progress on its tobacco objectives this quarter and actively educates peers on ENDS devices and the dangers they pose to their health. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, many youths have expressed concern over the use of these devices in their local school. “Even with the masks and social distancing, youth are still finding a way to vape. I think it is important to tell them how dangerous this is for their lungs,” states one SWAT member. SWAT members are currently working on a public service announcement that they hope will air at the local high schools to further their message.      

If you are interested in learning more about the SWAT program or getting involved, please contact Kyleigh Savoie at (772)-577-3701 or