Marion County Students Working Against Tobacco Clubs Celebrate "Kick Butts Day"!
March 20, 2019

Marion County SWAT youth have been busy this quarter during Kick Butts Day 2019! 

Clubs across the county planned out several different options recognizing this national tobacco observance.  By hosting Kick Butts Day activities, the counties youth raises awareness about the tobacco issues in their community along with encouraging and supporting their peers to be tobacco-free! 

A few examples of the activities completed include: a road side clean-up exemplifying how tobacco litter is the most littered item in the world, PSA announcements, anti-tobacco posters displayed around school campuses, and a letter writing campaign to aid in persuading the decision makers in the Ocala City Council to place “no smoking zone” signage in Ocala City Parks for potential tobacco free public places to play.


Taking into consideration that Kicks Butts Day coincided with Spring Break, these dedicated SWAT Club members really went the extra mile to ensure these events and important messages reached the community, their peers and decision makers.

Other SWAT Happenings…

The Ocala Sea Anchor Division of the US Navy Sea Cadet Corps was invited to present at the annual Ramah Missionary Baptist Health Fair in Belleview.  This served to educate the attendees on local tobacco issues in addition to providing an opportunity for the youth to earn a Drug Reduction Service Ribbon.  As part of the criteria for earning this ribbon, the cadet must perform one (1) one hour or two (2) thirty-minute substance abuse, anti-drug awareness lecture(s) to a school, civic, church, youth group, or other community-based audience.

Three Sea Cadets volunteered to present on three separate tobacco issues – Health Effects of Tobacco Use by Petty Officer First Class Nguyen, Tobacco Company Marketing to Youth by SN Blaire, and Vaping and E-Cigarettes by Seaman Apprentice Slaughter.  Each of these SWAT Club members researched, created and delivered their topic specific presentations to an audience of adults, who were exceedingly impressed by the youth’s courage in presenting, and the quality of the presentations.  Each cadet created information uniquely rich and visually pleasing PowerPoints to accompany their top-notch narratives and delivery.

QuitDoc Foundation, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Marion County, and Students Working Against Tobacco are immensely proud of all of our SWAT Club youth and the dedication they display in keeping their peers and their community tobacco-free!

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 SWAT coordinator Tammy Slaughter: 352.359.5383,