SWAT urges end to smoking, vaping


Peter Fisichella- Mustangs Ahead

free no smoking logo(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco products and vaping.

Club adviser and LRHS English teacher Debra McCarthy wants to help make the campus a better place by trying to eliminate the overall use of vaping and tobacco products.

“My intent is to empower students to stand united so to eliminate tobacco use–including vaping products. This club will spread awareness of the dangers associated with tobacco and vaping products, as well,” said McCarthy.

LRHS SWAT officers include –

  • Co-presidents juniors Hannah Ramsden and Elise West
  • Secretaries juniors Bella Dombrowski and Makenna Moore
  • Social media directors juniors Valeria Pankey and Jessica Baltes
  • Student liaison directors juniors Peter Fisichella, A.J. Sprague, and Tayjeh Kennedy

The club wants to gain more members to make the messages about vaping more powerful.

Junior Marissa Briggs believes that spreading the word about vaping is very important.

“It is important to educate students about vaping because it is doing very harmful things to the body. Letting people know the effects of vaping will save our generation from becoming addicted to nicotine. Vaping is in its early stages and educating people now will stop it from becoming a big problem,” she said.

Junior Gavin Laielli agreed, “You should join SWAT to become part of a movement in the school. It is not only a great way to meet people, but also a great way to do something good for your community. We all can benefit from a nicotine free school.”

Meetings are held on the last Friday of the month. Any Mustangs with questions can ask McCarthy in room 916.

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