Youth Prevention

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Discussion in Our Community, Our Health seminar:



Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is a united movement of empowered students working toward a tobacco free future. Its mission is to mobilize, educate, unite, and equip Florida youth to revolt against and deglamorize manipulative Big Tobacco companies.

Tobacco Free Alachua involves local SWAT clubs in its policy work when pertinent. There is currently a local club located in Eastside High School.

If you are interested in joining, please contact your school activities coordinator. For general information regarding SWAT, please visit the State of Florida SWAT website.


Comprehensive tobacco control policies instilled in K-12 schools can be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco, and to keep them safe from exposure to secondhand smoke. Schools that are not tobacco free send conflicting messages to students about the dangers of tobacco and secondhand smoke. It is important to continue teaching Florida’s youth about socially responsible and healthy behaviors, including not using tobacco.

In 2011, the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act gave school boards the authority to designate all district property as tobacco free. We applaud the Alachua County School Board for its forward thinking and for taking initiative to instill such policies prior to this amendment. All Alachua County schools are entirely tobacco-free.

The Alachua County School Board tobacco free policy


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