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Gilchrist County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Program Weaps Up the 2020-2021 School Year
June 10, 2021

As one of the strangest school years in recent history winds down to an end, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Gilchrist County would like to thank all our SWAT students & SWAT advisors for being persistent in pushing the cause even through the national pandemic.

Though this year was limited due to covid-19 the local SWAT clubs were still able to do their best in raising tobacco use awareness and still participate in tobacco-free national holidays. Our SWAT youth celebrated Not A Lab Rat Day, The Great American Smokeout, World No Tobacco Day, also helped during the community's Christmas on Main Street. Our local youth used all these holidays to raise awareness within their schools by hanging posters near known vaping areas students use and shared their concerns with the public about the tobacco issue amongst their peers.

In hopes of the vaccinations making their way throughout the population we hope the next school year will return back to normal allowing students to not only attend school without fears of contracting the covid virus but also more importantly allow the communities youth to attend and participate in clubs and organizations like they had previously.

The Gilchrist County SWAT programs are looking forward to continue in the pursuit of declined youth tobacco use; as well as continuing to educate themselves and their peers on the dangers of these products and how they are marketed towards the youth in our community.