Kick Butts Day (Leon County)

For generations, tobacco companies have targeted youth. Today the Leon County Chapter of Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) will host its Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism that encourage youth to stand up and speak out against Big Tobacco. SWAT members from several Leon County middle and high schools will engage their student…


Eliminating Tobacco in K-12 Schools

Policies and procedures are adopted into school systems to govern students, faculty, staff, outside vendors and parents. These policies cover a wide range of issues to ensure adequate governance of the county’s school system. Every student’s education and safety is significantly affected by each policy put into place. The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida has…

Be Empowered

You’re Empowered, so let’s #FinishIt

In January, 2014, I was selected as one of four Legacy National Youth Activism Fellows. Legacy is the largest non-profit in the United States that solely works on the issue of tobacco. As a National Youth Activism Fellow, I am charged with working on a local project, which has become known to many as Tobacco…


MY Fest!

Students Working Against Tobacco participated in an afternoon filled with fun, entertainment and offered various vendors that provided information and resources to the community at the second annual MY Fest event on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Tallahassee’s beautiful Cascades Park. Hundreds experienced the sunny weather while snacking on free hot dogs, snow cones, and cotton candy….


Smoke Free Housing in Tallahassee, Florida!

As the summer heats up in Tallahassee, Florida, apartment searching is in full swing for incoming freshmen at the three universities in town: Tallahassee Community College, Florida State University, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.  Many concerned parents who are helping their children find the right apartment most likely wish for their students to live…

team building

SWAT End of The Year Training 2014!

This year, the End of The Year SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) training was held at the Florida State University Reservation (The Rez). The Rez is a student recreation area that includes cabins for lodging, conference rooms, and many outside activities, including team building courses.   SWAT members got a chance to spend the entire weekend…


Asthma and Smoking

It is no surprise that smoking cigarettes has a long list of detrimental side effects, most of which heavily affect breathing. This list includes chronic bronchitis, lung and throat cancers, respiratory tract infections, and, of course, asthma.  Asthma is a disease in which the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes spasm, therefore causing swelling and difficulty…


Every Kid Healthy

Every Kid Healthy week is celebrated through the entire United States during the last week in April; this year, it is observed April 21-25. Children in the United States should be physically active, healthy, and well nourished. One in three kids in the United States is either overweight or obese. This could be the first…


Tobacco: Myth Vs. Truth

Nicotine is the extremely addictive substance that is placed into tobacco products to get a user completely hooked.  With addiction comes denial; there are an overabundance of myths associated with tobacco usage and its side effects.  Many tobacco users deny to themselves and others exactly how harmful and detrimental using tobacco can be to their…