Signs are going up, tobacco is going down!

A partnership between Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), Tobacco Free Leon (TFL), and the Leon County School Board is set to make a tremendous impact on the health of students and staff alike. In September 2012, the Leon County School Board passed a new Tobacco Free Environment policy, which makes all school board owned or…

Hookah Craze

College students and youth are using hookah without a full understanding of what it actually is. Hookah is a water pipe, which uses charcoal (yes the ones you grill with) to heat tobacco. The tobacco that they put into these hookah pipes is called shisha. They add flavors such as grape, mango, apple, cappuccino, and…

Ask the Chair – January

Q: Tobacco products are legal for those of age.  Therefore, if I decide to smoke cigarettes, it’s nobody’s business but mine.  How can you justify restricting or banning my right to smoke?  Yes, tobacco products are legal for those 18 or older, and it is undeniably your right to decide whether to smoke or not. …

Why Smoke-Free Housing?

  Why is smoking indoors a problem in the first place? Unfortunately, smoke does not stay where you want it: it can travel between apartment units through ventilation systems, the spaces between walls, windows, doors, and balconies. Second-hand smoke increases the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, allergies, asthma, emphysema, lung cancer, and…

Tobacco advertisements make quitting harder!

By Caitlyn Trinkle Every day, 88 Floridians die from tobacco-related illness. Retail tobacco advertisements, such as the window clings and large outdoor signs that we see at convenience stores, gas stations, and behind the counter at our local pharmacies, may play a role in some of these deaths. Research shows that tobacco cessation is more…

Sweet Deception

By Lisa Gault The introduction of candy-flavored products stands as the most manipulative tactic used by tobacco companies to date. Documents obtained by anti-tobacco interest groups have revealed the direct target placed on youth by this ever-evolving industry. Our duty as Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is to fight back—to combat this generational attack. Leon…