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Marion County Students Attend Statewide SWAT Conference

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) members from throughout Florida converged in Orlando for a three-day conference July 24-26, 2012. The training conference provided students with an opportunity to network. The students also elected their Youth Advisory Board for the upcoming year.

Marion County was represented by Briana Muti and Keyon Young. Both students had an opportunity to share their experiences:

"My experience at the Orlando statewide SWAT meeting was beyond incredible. I got to meet new people my age from all over the state who were really interested in making an impact and spreading the word about the harmful effects of tobacco and working hard on making Florida a tobacco free state. The sessions I chose during the SWAT meeting gave me so many ideas on how I can spread the word about tobacco. It gave me a variety of choices, such as using the internet and social networks that I use every day to communicate with my friends. In one of the sessions, Imaginaction, I learned many creative ways to inform people about tobacco. This session really brought out the imagination in me and inspired me to want Florida to be tobacco free. I met a lot of unforgettable people who also got me interested in wanting to be a part of SWAT and getting my friends back home involved in SWAT.  I never realized just how harmful tobacco was until this meeting. It opened my eyes and made me realize that tobacco is fatal to your health and to others around you. This meeting was one of the best experiences of my life and I hope to stay involved with SWAT and teach more people why we need to work hard, come together and inspire everyone around us to make Florida a tobacco free state."
Briana Muti, Senior, Vanguard High School

"The Statewide S.W.A.T. meeting was an eye opening experience.  I learned facts about the harmful effects of tobacco.  Tobacco incorporated showed me how the tobacco industry targets youth like me.  The individual classes taught me about the history of S.W.A.T. and how it started in Florida.  The people I met were nice and very helpful; they worked very hard to help me to understand.  There were various videos throughout the meeting.  The video that touched my heart most was the one about the kid that asked for a lighter for the tobacco he had."
Keyon Young, 8th grade, Belleview Middle School


Rep. Dennis Baxley

Briana Muti and Keyon Young meet Rep. Dennis Baxley on their way to Orlando.


For more information on the SWAT Program in Marion County, please contact Jessie King at