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Okeechobee High School Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Youth Attend Regional Training
October 19, 2019

Florida’s Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) program hosts regional youth meetings annually where SWAT members from various counties come together to learn new information and skills.

SWAT Coordinator Courtney Moyett and four of her SWAT Club student leaders from Okeechobee High School attended the Region 4 SWAT Training on October 19th, 2019 at the Broward County Health Department in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

This year’s focus was centered on the E-Cigarette Epidemic.  The youth were educated on the basics of E-Cigarette’s, harmful flavors, and ways that they could help make a difference in their community.  The youth also attended breakout sessions focused around Public Speaking and how to become a SWATvocate.  Finally, they wrapped up the day with playing “Are you smarter than a YAB member.”

Overall, the meeting was impactful and inspiring, and the students who attended from Okeechobee County left feeling excited to be a part of such an important program, and they were overflowing with ideas for how they can share their newfound knowledge with their peers.

SWAT aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. SWAT is a movement of empowered youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Their efforts aim to shape tobacco-free norms, make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible.

For more information on local youth tobacco prevention efforts, visit or contact Courtney Moyett, Okeechobee County's Tobacco Prevention Specialist, at