Spotlight on the Marion County SWAT Chapter:
The Ocala Sea Anchor Division (Sea Cadets) SWAT Club

March 16, 2020

Last year, the Sea Cadets adopted a roadside to keep clean and once per quarter, they don their yellow vests and garbage picks to rid the half mile stretch of road in front of Belleview High School of all the litter that accumulates. The trash collected doesn’t change much from quarter to quarter, and typically includes household trash, beer cans and bottles, cigarette butts, boxes and wrappers. The most alarming item collected was the newest trend to hit the market, the Puff Bar. A Puff Bar is very similar to JUUL in many ways but the biggest difference is that it is designed to be disposable. Much like the JUUL, the Puff Bar is easy to conceal and easy to mask the use of the device, but is much more affordable costing a mere $10.

In addition to the litter clean up, the Sea Cadets SWAT Club planned an activity for the opening night of recreational softball at Shocker Park. The club members created anti-tobacco and anti-drug posters to be hung near the concession stand, for maximum exposure. During the game, the youth answered questions and gave facts about the dangers of nicotine addiction, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarette use.

Several years ago, the QuitDoc Foundation partnered with Shocker Park on a CDC funded effort called Measure Up Marion, creating a tobacco-free policy and hanging signs all throughout the grounds from the entrance to the furthest dugout, to ensure the health and safety of the youth and adults who use the sports complex. Pictured is one of the signs created by the Marion County team, which still hangs today! Most of the sports parks throughout the county followed the example of Shocker Park and enacted their own tobacco-free policies and received signage, with the help of the QuitDoc Foundation and the Tobacco Free Partnership of Marion County.

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 at 352.209.9628 or TSlaughter@QuitDoc.com.

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Lauren Fischer · Tobacco Prevention Specialist · 352-359-5383 · LFischer@QuitDoc.com