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Levy County Commission Passes Tobacco Free Florida Week Proclamation
May 3, 2016

On May 3, 2016, two leaders from Levy County’s Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) program and a Tobacco Free Partnership member educated the Levy Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) about the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure and asked the Commissioners to pass a proclamation to declare May 8th-14th as Tobacco Free Florida Week.

Williston High School SWAT member and Levy County SWAT Representative, Dakota Phillips, partnered up with Chiefland SWAT member Kelli Nerau to deliver an impactful presentation to the commissioners that highlighted the fact that secondhand smoke significantly increases the risk of lung cancer, which is Florida’s number one cancer killer.

Additionally, the students shared the fact that 39.7 percent of Florida high school students and 35.9 percent of Florida middle school students reported being exposed to secondhand smoke in a room or car within the past week.

This was the first time these two SWAT leaders have presented to the Board of County Commissioners, and they did a phenomenal job of representing Levy SWAT. The Levy BOCC passed the proclamation unanimously and thanked the students for bringing the important issue of secondhand smoke exposure to their attention.

When asked about her experience, Dakota Phillips said, “I learned a lot about how things work when trying to get a proclamation passed.” She continued, “This was an educational experience that I’m happy I got to participate in and I hope I can experience even more opportunities like this in the future.”