Students Working Against Tobacco Joins in on “Friday Night Done Right"
April 21, 2017

“Friday Night Done Right” is a campaign hosted by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) in Marion County that focuses on teen empowerment by offering positive alternatives for a fun Friday night. With the launch of this campaign, middle and high school students are encouraged to make educated choices about how they spend their time; especially on their Friday nights. This is one of the most entertaining ways to normalize the concept of having a good time with other youth in the community without the addition of alcohol and drugs.

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) has been working to de-normalize the use of tobacco among youth and in the public for several years; so, participation in this event was an easy decision. Active youth in attendance from the local SADD and SWAT Clubs could see the reactions of other youth in disbelief and excitement who had never heard about the two clubs strong messages of prevention and youth empowerment.

The SWAT booth featured a banner and the always popular “Body Board.” The “Stand Against Tobacco Banner” encouraged the booth’s visitors to sign a pledge promising never to use tobacco, or in some cases never to use it again. The educational and eye catching “Body Board” uses images to communicate that tobacco harms every part of the body, that using it can result in serious life-long consequences, and it can drastically change your appearance. This effective teaching tool never ceases to be the highlight of the SWAT events, bringing the true dangers of tobacco use out in full view.

As the SWAT and SADD partnership expands and strengthens in the coming years, Marion County can expect to see both clubs more often. A strong message from both empowerment models will continue to educate the youth and residents in Marion County at future events like this one and others.

If you would like more information on the Tobacco Prevention Program, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), or the QuitDoc Foundation, please contact the Marion County Tobacco Prevention Specialist Lauren Walter: 352.598.8241