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Tobacco Initiatives

Florida Department of Health in Putnam County

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) 

SWAT Students Working Against TobaccoStudents Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is an organization with an active, involved membership of young people in middle and high school that provides a means for Florida's youth to develop and coordinate a unified assault on tobacco's sales pitch in their communities; encourages youth to become effective advocates and leaders in their communities; provides youth with "real life" experiences through planning, executing and evaluating tobacco prevention activities; and trains youth to be more effective in all endeavors they choose to undertake.

80% of smokers begin before the legal age of 18. SWAT chapter members are middle and high school students who are organized to fight the influences of the tobacco industry by exposing how the tobacco industry targets youth as perspective new tobacco users.

SWAT members educate students about the tobacco industry marketing and advertising tactics and train teens to fight them. They also work with local decision makers to create tobacco free policies to improve the health of our county.

For information on our Students Working Against Tobacco please call: 386-326-3253
Flavored Tobacco Products - The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act prohibited the sale of cigarettes which have a characterizing flavor other than tobacco or menthol. It does not restrict the sale of other cigars, smokeless tobacco products, shisha (used in hookah) or any other tobacco products. SWAT youth educate county and city government on flavored tobacco issues and encourage them to pass resolutions to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products.

Tobacco Free Partnership of Putnam County (TFP) 

Tobacco Free Florida Putnam County

The Tobacco-Partnership of Putnam County (TFP) established in 1998, has continued to be an active voice for the community focusing on school and community tobacco prevention and control needs and interventions. It is the only collaborative body focused on tobacco prevention and control issues.

It's mission is to create a tobacco-free atmosphere in Putnam and to assist in doing the same for residents of the State; to improve the health of Putnam residents and all Floridians by significantly reducing tobacco use; to eliminate the initiation of the use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco among youth; to educate the public on health issues related to tobacco; and to act as an advocate for positive reform.

For information on the Tobacco Free Partnership please call: 386-326-3253