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Students Working Against Tobacco Set Sights on Community Engagement
March 1, 2022

SWAT, or Students Working Against Tobacco, is a youth coalition whose mission is to mobilize, educate and equip Florida’s youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. The SWAT Chapter in Indian River County has partnered with local organization, Substance Abuse Free Indian River (SAFIR) to empower local youth to educate peers and the community.


Over the years, SWAT students have garnered knowledge on the dangers of tobacco and electronic cigarettes and are ready to put their knowledge into action. SWAT students this quarter were determined to educate community members and peers on the dangers associated with tobacco use. This quarter, SWAT participated in the SAFIR Family Fun Festival, educating community members on the SWAT program and youth on the dangers of electronic cigarettes. SWAT youth also hosted a Friday Night Done Right, in partnership with SAFIR, to offer an alternative event for youth that is free of tobacco and other substances. For February, SWAT youth hosted a cooking event, where teens from the local community could learn to make pizza and chocolate mousse.

The SWAT Chapter in Indian River County understands how important community engagement is to their cause. Students throughout the county volunteer hours of their time each month to focus on educating the community on the mission of SWAT and the dangers associated with tobacco use.


Students Working Against Tobacco has current clubs at Indian River Charter High School, Storm Grove Middle School, and Boys and Girls Club of Vero Beach. The program is open to all Indian River County youth who are in grades 6-12. For more information on the SWAT program or to learn how you can get involved, please contact Kyleigh Savoie at