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Clay County Students Working Against Tobacco Members Attend Statewide Meeting
July 1, 2017

The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida hosted a statewide meeting for staff and youth members of Students Working Against Tobacco. The training was held in Leesburg, Florida on June 9-11, 2017 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. Clay County SWAT members, Cameron and Tyler Garcia, along with SWAT Coordinator, Joy Moritz, had the opportunity to attend the Statewide SWAT meeting.

The purpose of this meeting was to train staff and youth advocates from each of the 67 counties across the state in effective tobacco prevention and control strategies.  Nearly 1300 Americans die prematurely every day from a tobacco related death and preventing tobacco use is pivotal.  The involvement and participation of our youth in this meeting will be vital for statewide planning.

During the weekend long meeting, the youth and adults attended Opening session, workshops and closing session focused on advocacy and getting their message out. They youth learned a lot of shocking facts about tobacco and made lots of new friends. Clay County SWAT youth member Tyler Garcia stated, “This training really opened my eyes to see the dangers of tobacco and how far we’ve come in the fight against tobacco since the early 1990’s.”

The youth and adults were tasked with returning to their counties to share the knowledge and skills learned with their peers. “We are very thankful for the opportunity to attend this training and we can’t wait to go again. Being there really sparked our hearts to continue to make a change! We hope that the coming year will be even better than the last and we can’t wait to continue to make a BIG difference in our county.” Said Joy Moritz, Clay County SWAT Coordinator.

For more information on the SWAT Chapter in Clay County, contact Joy Moritz at