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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is an organization that students between ages of 12-18 can join to participate in events that support the Florida Truth Campaign. SWAT participates in local events including Relay for Life and Walk for Wellness.
“SWAT delivers a message of truth to teens and tries to explain the tobacco industry to teens in an honest way,” said LRHS nurse and club adviser Andrea Stratton.
SWAT focuses on truth behind the tobacco industry. Tobacco commercials don’t deliver facts about their products. Every eight seconds a person dies due to tobacco related illness or disease.
Teens who use tobacco at a young age are not only breaking the law, but also face a much higher chance of being reliant on tobacco later down the road. Ninety percent of adult smokers are addicted before they reach the age of 18.
A flyer distributed by SWAT said, “Tobacco can lead to diseases such as heart disease, emphysema, and other respiratory diseases. The Florida Truth campaign has worked better than most would expect, Tobacco use in middle school kids has decreased by 57% and high school students decreased by 37%.”
Students should be aware of the harmful side effects of tobacco and the severe consequences of starting at a young age. Children can be unaware of repercussions of addiction.