Don’t Get Burned PSA Contest Winners!

In December 2014, two Sarasota County SWAT members earned national recognition by placing in the “Don’t Get Burned” PSA contest hosted by the city of Chicago and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Evianna Gianoplus won 1st Place in the 13-17 year old category, and Jonah Mundy earned 2nd Place in the same category. Their […]

Sarasota County SWAT Beach Clean-Up

Sarasota County SWAT will host a beach clean-up at 8:30am on Siesta Key Beach. Participants will meet at the beach pavilion. During the beach clean-up; participants will pick up litter from the beach, engage the community to sign petitions, and play games or swim. Participants should bring a water bottle, snack, and sunscreen. For more details see your SWAT advisor or contact Miss Bethany at: (941) 861-2640 or […]

Candy Flavored Tobacco Resolution Passed by Town of Longboat Key

On October 7th 2013, SWAT youth from Manatee and Sarasota counties and a member of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Sarasota County, presented to the Mayor and Commissioners of the Town of Longbaot Key concerning the issue of candy flavored tobacco products. At the Town of Longboat Key Commission meeting on November 4th 2013, the Commission voted to pass […]

Sarasota County SWAT on KDW Radio

Friday, May 17th at 1:30pm Sarasota County SWAT youth from Riverview High School and Sarasota Middle School will be on KDW Radio for the show “Why Now?”. The SWAT youth will discuss some of their accomplishments as well as current issues such as candy flavored tobacco and comprehensive tobacco free campus policies. You can listen […]

Sarasota County SWAT Beach Clean-Up May 18th

On Saturday, May 18th, Sarasota County SWAT will host a beach clean-up from 11:00am-3:00pm on Siesta Key Beach. Participants will meet at the beach pavilion next to the main concession stand. The clean-up will be followed by lunch and time to play games on the beach. Participants should bring $5.00 for lunch which will include […]

Tobacco Free Florida Week is April 6th-13th!

The fifth annual Tobacco Free Florida Week runs from April 6-13. Themed “High Five: Celebrating Five Years of Tobacco Free Florida Week,” it will highlight progress made in protecting Floridians from tobacco’s deadly toll. Since the inception of the Tobacco Free Florida program, the following milestones have been achieved: Protecting the People: There are more […]

Sarasota County SWAT at Giving Hunger the Blues

This Sunday, March 24th Sarasota County SWAT will have a booth at the 18th Annual Giving Hunger the Blues event. The booth will be located in the youth area of the event which has been designated as a Breathe Easy Zone. SWAT will have information about the dangers of candy flavored tobacco products, a survey […]

March 20th is Kick Butts Day!

This Wednesday March 20th is Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco. Sarasota County SWAT is sponsoring the play Tobacco Tales which will be performed by the Source Teen Theatre for middle school students throughout Sarasota County. On March 20th […]

Through with Chew Week February 17th-23rd

Through with Chew Week 2013 is coming up on February 17th-23rd. This national observance is used to draw awareness to the issue of smokeless tobacco.  Tobacco products like chew, dip, and snuff are not harmless, but because they’re smokeless, youth and adults may underestimate the serious health risks associated with these products. Constant exposure to tobacco juices […]