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Graduating SWAT Seniors Recognized for Their Work on Local Tobacco Prevention Projects 
May 15, 2019

SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) is Florida's statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. SWAT is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future. SWAT works to change the social norms associated with tobacco. This means we want to change the way people think about tobacco… making it less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible.

SWAT Youth accomplish this by advocating for change in local policies that affect how tobacco is marketed, how it is sold, and where it can be used. SWAT members can expect to participate in a wide range of activities including community education and outreach, public speaking, collecting data, and media advocacy. 

Many students join SWAT because they have parents or loved ones who are tobacco users and want to break the cycle of addiction in their family and educate other, others join the SWAT club because they enjoy the community events and giving back to their community.

Pictured left to right: (back row)Jaishon Williams, Yasmin Meza, Jaime Meza, Irene Espino
(front row) Nancy Guerrero-Tapia, Andrea Ramirez, Sheila Angeles

While we had numerous SWAT Seniors in our club this year, only a select few dedicated themselves to meeting the expectations to be honored at our end of the year celebration. A big congratulations is in order for 7 DeSoto County High School SWAT Club seniors who went above and beyond to dedicate themselves to a creating a tobacco free future in DeSoto County.

We are proud of our SWAT seniors for their hard work and dedication this year. They worked hard to educate their peers and local community members and end the trend of tobacco use in DeSoto County.

To learn more about SWAT visit our website or contact Jodie DeLoach at