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SWAT FAQ

SWAT FAQ

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)
Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about SWAT club membership or getting involved with SWAT in other ways
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General SWAT Information

What is Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)?

Student Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is a statewide youth organization to mobilize, educate, and equip Florida’s youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. SWAT is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future.

On a local level, SWAT members advocate for policy change that will help prevent youth tobacco initiation, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, and promote smoking cessation. The goal of these policies is to inspire change of social norms that reduce the accessibility and acceptability of tobacco use and its targeted marketing.

What does SWAT do for the community?

SWAT promotes youth advocacy for tobacco-related issues through leadership and community involvement. The goal of these methods is create community awareness about tobacco product myths, consequences, and marketing tactics by Big Tobacco.

SWAT members have the opportunity to develop public speaking, networking, community building, and other leadership skills while improving the health of Leon County communities.

Is SWAT a national organization?

Unfortunately, SWAT is only established in the state of Florida. There are many similar organizations throughout the nation.

Do I have to a SWAT member to volunteer?

No, we have many opportunities for youth (ages 11-17) and college-aged individuals (ages 18-24) to get involved. Simply let the SWAT Coordinator know what your interests and availability are to get the process started.

Potential Membership

How can I become a SWAT member?

Great question! There is no better time than now to Join the Movement! We invite students and community residents in grades 6-12 (ages 11-17 yrs) to participate in SWAT clubs.

We currently have SWAT Clubs at 4 middle schools and 3 high schools in addition to 1 community-based club in Leon County. SWAT Membership only requires completion of two forms: A SWAT Application and Leon County SWAT Registration Form.

More information about the registration form is granted after the application has been successfully submitted.

Are there any membership fees to be a SWAT member?

No, it is FREE to become a SWAT member.

The tobacco prevention program generally covers associated club t-shirts and transportation costs to SWAT-sponsored events.

How can I contact Leon County SWAT?

You can contact the SWAT Coordinator Crystall Robinson via email at Crystall.Robinson@flhealth.gov or give her a call at (850) 606-8273.