SWAT takes aim at beach tobacco litter


Mackenzie Sisson– Mustangs Ahead

swat at the beach
LRHS SWAT club members helped clean up local beaches this month.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Saturday, Dec.6, Mustangs in the LHRS Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) club participated in Anna Maria Island’s annual beach cleanup. 

They gathered 4,224 cigarette butts, vaping cartridges, and cigars.

“Tobacco can have awful effects on the environment; cigarettes can easily be eaten by birds, and the toxic chemicals can kill them,” said SWAT president junior Elise West. “It was a rewarding experience.”

SWAT makes efforts around campus to inform Mustangs on the dangers of tobacco. They post signs and slogans around campus and have also established a booth where students could pledge to live tobacco-free.

“Possibly the most rewarding thing to see is students realizing the dangers that smoking, vaping, etc. can lead to such as long-term health problems like cancer.” said West.

For more information about the club, please contact Debra Mccarthy, room 916, ext. 2025.

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