POTEAU– It’s no secret big tobacco has taken aim at our nation’s youth for far too long.
Now, a group of Poteau High School students are fighting back. They recognize they are targets of the tobacco industry, just as were previous generations, and want to do something about it.
In their November meeting, the Poteau “Wreck-less” Drug Free Youth Coalition voted to join with Tobacco-free LeFlore County as their first Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) team.
SWAT is Oklahoma’s Statewide Youth Movement to expose big tobacco’s deceptive marketing practices. SWAT fight against the influence of tobacco by recruiting others to the cause, proving to big tobacco they will not give up and demonstrating they are capable of fighting back.
The Poteau students’ first course of action was to make “Quit Kits” which will be available at all LeFlore County public libraries on Nov. 14-18 in honor of the “Great American Smoke Out”, which happens on Nov. 17.
“Wreck-Less” Drug Free Youth Coordinator Tarron Barnes states, “We are constantly encouraging our youth coalition that they are the future and that they can and do make things happen.
“Joining SWAT is another way in which the ‘Wreck-Less’ Drug Free Youth Coalition is demonstrating their ability to make change happen in our community.”
Anyone interested in joining SWAT or starting one at your school is encouraged to call BJ Barnes at (918) 647-4196.