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Teens in St. Lucie County Help Lead Florida’s Movement Against Tobacco

By Serena DeFrank

June 22, 2018

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), Florida’s statewide youth-led movement to combat the tobacco industry, announced the names of its new Youth Advocacy Board (YAB) members. Amanda Bouquet and Elizabeth Sterling of St. Lucie County Students Working Against Tobacco Chapter were named Youth Advocacy Board elects.

The Youth Advocacy Board works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help plan the SWAT organization’s direction and goals, and provide input on the state’s youth prevention efforts. Students work with county grantees to support initiatives that educate their peers about tobacco use, help protect youth from tobacco, and strengthen local policies, especially those that protect the public from secondhand smoke exposure.

SWAT aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. The group is a movement of inspired youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Its efforts aim to shape tobacco free norms, and make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable and less accessible.

Other teens elected into the Youth Advocacy Board are, from Region 1: Lily Anderson, Washington County; Jaeden Boatner, Holmes County; Taylor Roberts, Gulf County; Ja'Toria Stephens, Bay County. Region 2: Jamir Brown, Duval County; Neyah Carter, Duval County; Ryan Helmes, Volusia County; Emma Ronchetti, Levy County. Region 3: Sachit Gali, Sarasota County; Robert Kordon, Hernando County; Allyssa Williams, Osceola County; Cheyenne Zuniga, Seminole County. Region 4: Mariah Spelts, Okeechobee County; Ashley Thompson, Miami-Dade County.

"I am really looking forward to working with all the new YAB elects for my second year serving on the YAB and seeing what amazing work we will do this year, I’m excited to see what everyone brings to the table." said Amanda Bouquet.

Members of the SWAT Youth Advocacy Board will serve a term through June 30, 2019.