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Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County Goes to Summer Camp
July 27, 2021

On July 27th, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee was invited to speak to the Indian River State College (IRSC) Expanding Horizons Summer Youth Program. Program Manager Courtney Moyett and Tobacco Prevention Specialist Holly Mixon presented to fifteen Okeechobee youth about our Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) program and opportunities, tobacco use, social justice and health equity as it relates to tobacco use. 

“Big Tobacco has targeted minority groups for decades through shady marketing practices and tobacco profiling. Speaking to a largely minority group of students about ways to recognize these practices and understand their long-term effects on the community was a privilege,” says Holly Mixon. 

After discussing the various SWAT projects, clubs and opportunities, information was shared about minority group use of tobacco, menthol cigarette marketing, and tobacco related diseases and death rate disparities between races and ethnicities. Students participated in a scavenger hunt to match questions and answers related to tobacco facts and earned SWAT club swag for their participation. 

Indian River State College’s Expanding Horizons Summer Youth Program is an 8 week program for Okeechobee youth ages 14-16. Students attending receive training and information on leadership, citizenship, financial literacy, drugs, and career exploration. 

To learn more about SWAT visit our website or contact Holly Mixon at