Baltimore Orioles Baseball Game

On February 24, Sarasota County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth hosted a booth at a Baltimore Orioles spring training baseball game to wrap up the Baltimore Orioles Health and Fitness Program. The booth spread awareness on tobacco prevention issues, nutrition, and physical activity. Attendees had the opportunity to play an interactive game where tobacco related […]

Tallahassee Advocacy Days

On Monday, February 12th five Students Working Against Tobacco youth traveled to Tallahassee for Advocacy Days to speak with Sarasota County State Representatives and Senator Steube about tobacco issues in our county. The youth educated decision makers about tobacco-free schools, smoking in cars with children, menthol tobacco products, Tobacco 21, and smoke-free beaches and parks.

SWAT meets with City Commissioners

During the months of December and January six SWAT youth met individually with Commissioner Shaw, Commissioner Brody, and Commissioner Ahearn-Koch about point of sale marketing and the benefits of a tobacco retailer license policy in Sarasota County. Point of Sale Marketing is a method used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth.  

Sarasota Holiday Parade 2017

On December 2nd, 25 Sarasota County SWAT members participated in the Sarasota Holiday Parade. Youth held signs to encourage tobacco prevention and cessation and distributed stickers to promote the SWAT program.  

The Great American Smokeout

On November 16, SWAT Clubs across Sarasota County participated in the Great American Smokeout. Sarasota Middle School SWAT members held signs outside of the student drop off area asking parents to honk their horns if they support a tobacco free life. Students from Robert and Joan Lee Boys and Girls Club put cups in their […]

Siesta Key Beach Clean-Up 2015

On April 18th 2015, SWAT members from Sarasota, Pinellas, and Polk counties participated in a clean-up of Siesta Key Beach in recognition of Earth Day. The cigarette butts collected during the clean-up were displayed at Pine View School’s annual Earth Day celebration. SWAT members also asked beach goers to sign a petition to support having […]

Kick Butts Day

On March 17th 2015, the Sarasota County Commission recognized SWAT with a Proclamation for Kick Butts Day, a national anti-tobacco observance organized by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. On March 28th, Sarasota County SWAT members gathered at the Robert and Joan Lee Boys and Girls Club in Venice to attend the Sarasota County Kick […]

Sarasota Holiday Parade 2014

On December 6th 2014, 25 Sarasota County SWAT youth participated in the annual Sarasota Holiday Parade. The parade was held on Main Street in downtown Sarasota and had the theme “Sarasota White Christmas.” SWAT members walked in the parade with signs promoting tobacco prevention and cessation, and they distributed SWAT stickers to the crowd to […]

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Sarasota County SWAT youth hosted a table at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on October 18th, 2014. SWAT members promoted tobacco free school policies and asked participants to sign a petition to support having tobacco free schools in Sarasota County. They also asked individuals to participate in a photo booth […]