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Levy County SWAT Youth Records Public Service Announcements for Local AM Radio Station
February 5, 2013

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) and the Levy Tobacco-Free Partnership (Levy TFP) have partnered in the fight against tobacco use around kids.  90% of tobacco users begin their addiction before they are 18 years old.

Levy County SWAT leader, Ansley Pentz, who also sits on the statewide SWAT Youth Advisory Board, wrote and recorded three public service announcements for use on WZCC broadcasting on AM 940 in Chiefland and AM 1240 in Cross City.

"These (PSA's) expose the dangers of smoking around kids, encouraging parents and guardians to be positive role models," said Miss Pentz. "The tobacco industry is doing everything they can to addict young people, creating life-long customers.  Although we cannot always make gains against Big Tobacco, we can protect youth by educating their role models.  To prevent tobacco use among youth, these radio spots will be used proactively in our community."

"Ansley did a great job of writing and recording the radio spots" added Kristina Zachry, Levy County's Tobacco Prevention Specialist. "She was excited to be able to contribute to getting an important tobacco prevention message out to the community, and she did it in a creative and thoughtful way. I’m always proud to help students have opportunities and experiences like this."

"Ansley was great to work with", said John Elliott, owner and general manager of WZCC Radio. "She came in like a 'pro', totally prepared and ready to record."

The three spots, which focus on several youth tobacco prevention issues, will air over the next several months as part of a partnership with the radio stations.

You can catch a "sneak peak" of the three spots below: