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Dixie County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Chapter Hold Recruitment Event
May 13, 2022

On May 13, 2022 the Dixie County High School SWAT Club held an end-of-the-year SWAT Recruitment and tobacco/vape free information table during the two DCHS Lunches.  Every student at DCHS was able to attend and participate in this event.  The DCHS SWAT club was excited to present to their peers about the dangers of tobacco, smokeless tobacco and vape. 

After setting up a dunking booth, the SWAT youth allowed students to participate only after they read out-loud a fact that was provided by the SWAT Club.  One student, a DCHS Baseball player read that “Cigarettes kill 1 out of every 3 people who use them” and he shared that he was shocked, and that he couldn’t believe that so may are harmed by a legal product. 

Many of the other tobacco facts that were highlighted by the students were:

Several of the Dixie County High School teachers, assistant principal and teacher aides attended this event.  Assistant Principal, Gina Geiger shared that she was very happy to see the students actively learning about the vaping facts due to that being one of the largest issues they deal with at the school. 

One of the Vape (Electronic Vaping Products) facts that was read out-loud by the students was “Because the adolescent brain is still developing, nicotine use during adolescence can affect teens’ susceptibility to addiction. Further, there is evidence that adolescents who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking cigarettes.”

The DCHS SWAT Advisor, Wendy Hutchison shared that during the SWAT event, over 20 new students signed-up to be SWAT members in the 2022-23 school year. The SWAT officers, many who will be graduating this year, were happy that their classmates where able to learn more about how big tobacco and big vape targeted them especially as they enter the summer break. 

For more information on the Dixie County SWAT Chapter, contact Melanie Anderson ar