Debra McCarthy heads SWAT

Alexandra Devine – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Youth vaping in middle and high schools is a serious issue and is a topic that Mustangs are encouraged to know about.

To spread awareness and prevent vaping in high school, Mustangs can join the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) club.

SWAT works to educate today’s youth on the harmful effects of nicotine-infused products to work towards a tobacco-free future.

English teacher and SWAT club adviser Debra McCarthy said, “During SWAT club meetings, members choose the monthly topic and activities they would like to focus on in order to educate their peers about the dangers associated with tobacco. SWAT club hosts monthly schoolwide events focused on the month’s topic.

“The activities are an opportunity to teach peers about the dangers and harms of nicotine-infused products like e-cigarettes and/or learn ways in which they can live smoke and vape free lives,” McCarthy continued.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that more than two million U.S. middle and high school students currently using e-cigarettes in 2021.

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Youth vaping can lead to several health issues such as nicotine addiction, reduced impulse control, and poor attention and thinking skills.

Mustangs interested in joining the SWAT club can complete a registration and participation form found in portable 916. There is no deadline to join.

There are several officer positions available, so joining the club earlier than later will be more beneficial to club members.