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Students Working Against Tobacco Representing DeSoto County
November 4, 2023

Our DeSoto SWAT students have been busy at work educating the community and their youth on the dangers of tobacco use and how it can harm our bodies. Each club has been busy participating in many events throughout the county and representing our chapter well.

All clubs participated in our yearly initiative “Not A Lab Rat Day,” this day is set aside for youth to stand up to big tobacco and let them know that they will not stand to be tested on and influenced by the products that are sold. On Halloween our Nocatee and DeSoto High Clubs held a trunk or treat and gave information out on vaping and tobacco. The Arcadia Christian Academy Club spoke to the Board of County Commissioners for Red Ribbon Week and were able to accept the proclamation for our county.

On November 4th, two of our SWAT youth from the Arcadia Christian Academy attended the regional SWAT meeting that was held in Auburndale, FL. We appreciate Jude Sager and Bentley Hughes for taking time out of their weekend to represent our county at the meeting. Jude and Bentley enjoyed the training and being able to collaborate with other SWAT members from different counties to get ideas for our SWAT clubs.

We are so very proud of our youth and the initiative they are putting forth to advocate for their health and a tobacco free future in DeSoto County. Quarter two was a huge success and we look forward to what the New Year has in store.


If you are interested in volunteering with our SWAT Youth, have a child that would like to join the club or would like more information, please contact Lindsey Sager at