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Marion County Students Working Against Tobacco Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
October 23 , 2013

Marion Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) participated in the Annual Red Ribbon Week Kickoff event October 23 at the Ocala Police Department. 

This was second year for the event which is put on by the Marion County Children’s Alliance.  Several hundred local families attended the event which featured a number of booths and games, as well as Carlos “Los 1” Ramirez.

The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA Agent Kiki Camerena in 1985. This began the tradition of displaying a Red Ribbon as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The Red Ribbon Kickoff is an annual event to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG-FREE America.

Red Ribbon Week

The Fort King Middle and Howard Middle SWAT Clubs each hosted a booth for the event.  Howard youth created the idea for a candy-flavored tobacco graveyard.  Under the title “Not So Sweet After All” were a series of facts on tombstones.  The students also designed a few biographies of several Candy-Flavored Tobacco addicts, including Nico Tina, Chewie Louie, and Gummy Bear Gail. The Fort King SWAT students created a series of trivia questions to quiz fellow students and other attendees.

CFT Graveyard 

For their efforts, the Marion County SWAT youth received 2nd place awards! A huge congratulations to the SWAT youth!

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