S.W.A.T. Presentation

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S.W.A.T. Presentation

S.W.A.T. Presentation

S.W.A.T. Presentation

November 22, 2016

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Grand View School SWAT members pushing projects

The Grand View School eighth-grade Students Working Against Tobacco team has been working on projects to make their community aware of the harms of tobacco. In September, the team set up an informational booth for Grand View's Parent University. SWAT students distributed information related to tobacco use, nutrition, and physical activity.

SWAT - Students Working Against Tobacco
Our Mission Statement
To empower and unite youth to resist and expose big tobacco's lies while changing current attitudes about tobacco!
About SWAT
SWAT is Oklahoma's youth movement to expose Big Tobacco's lies and deceptive practices. SWAT Teams around the state are becoming advocates for change in their local communities. The result is a healthier Oklahoma.
Youth Empowerment
SWAT is a youth-led, youth-driven movement that empowers teens to stand up, speak out, and take action against the tobacco industry, which targets them as replacement tobacco users.
SWAT Teams
SWAT teams are part of the statewide program and collaborate with their adult partner and county coordinator.
Adult Partners
Adult partners serve as team trainers, mentors, and coaches.
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Grand View SWAT ‘flushes’ tobacco

January 5, 2016 from Tahlequah Daily Press

The Grand View School Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) team educated first- through fourth-grade after-school students through a game of tag called “Flush Tobacco Away.”

SWAT students dressed in Halloween costumes representing “scary tobacco.” The goal was to educate students on healthy lifestyles and choices.

Students learned the importance of exercise and why tobacco is unhealthy.

After the activity, the students came together to discuss what they had learned. One student said: “Tobacco isn’t going to catch me and I’m not doing tobacco when I get older.”

The students understood that exercise can be fun and that tobacco can be “scary.”

Tobacco users seeking help to quit can call 800-QUITNOW for free assistance.

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Grand View SWAT team takes aim at movie advertisements

May 22, 2015 from the Tahlequah Daily Press

Grand View Students Working Against Tobacco team challenged themselves to improve the health of their community this school year.

As the team brainstormed the goals, the students recognized that e-cigarette/vaping commercials were being played at PG-rated movies. Several students felt that the advertisement of these commercials inappropriately target youth and influence their peers with its humor and ideas that smoking vapor products seems cool.

Grand View SWAT contacted advertising agencies to reach a solution to this type of advertisement. The students set a goal to reach out to advertising agencies and stop advertisement of e-cigarette/vapor products at youth (PG) rated movies. Further, SWAT youth contacted local state representatives in hopes that they could make a difference in their community. It is Grand View SWAT’s goal to see legislation that bans all forms of e-cigarette/vaping advertisement at PG movies.

SWAT Adult Partner Dean Goss invited other local schools to get involved with the process.

“We are in a waiting pattern to see if our efforts will be heard” says Goss. “Our students know that teens their age use e-cigarettes and hope that limiting advertising won’t make it so appealing for peers their age to start using them.”

According to the CDC, teen e-cigarette use has tripled in the past year. Grand View SWAT is taking a stand against this new epidemic.

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The Facts!!

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Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined -- and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes -- such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use.  No good estimates are currently available, however, for the number of Oklahoma citizens who die from these other tobacco-related causes, or for the much larger numbers who suffer from tobacco-related health problems each year without actually dying.

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