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.”
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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.