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Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Clubs in Clay County Continue Their Efforts Despite COVID-19!
October 31, 2020

Clay County has nine SWAT clubs that participated in Not A Lab Rat Day and Red Ribbon Week during the month of October.

Not A Lab Rat Day is a day where SWAT clubs educate their peers about the marketing schemes of Big Tobacco focusing on youth for their business growth. Our Clay County SWAT clubs let Big Tobacco know that they will not be their lab rat by making and displaying posters stating ‘Not a lab rat’ as well as educating their peers on the dangerous effects vaping has on the brain development.  A few clubs offered trivia questions about vaping and rewarded correct answers with candy.

Red Ribbon Week is a week the SWAT Clubs educate their peers on the dangerous effects of doing drugs, use of tobacco, and electronic nicotine devices. All the SWAT clubs had successful activities such as handing out anti-drug message bracelets, door decorating contests, wear red shirt Friday and making anti-vaping masks. There were some really great themes such as ‘Fun’tastically Smart, Don’t Vape, Don’t’ start, and Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-free. During these events, two clubs had pledge tables asking students to pledge to remain vape and drug free, receiving over 200 student pledges.

For any questions about the SWAT program in Clay County please contact Sheryl Mize at