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Bradford High School Students Working Against Tobacco Student Speaks at Legislative Delegation Meeting 
January 18, 2017

Senator Rob Bradley and Representative Bobby Payne met with residents of Bradford County on January 18, 2017. The legislative delegation hearing was held at the Bradford County Courthouse. Most of the issues discussed were pertaining to health and the new Starke bypass.

Bradford High School Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Club member, Grace Johns was in attendance. Grace spoke to the legislators about the work being done in Bradford County and provided information on the local Tobacco Prevention Program. She spoke specifically about how SWAT programs in Bradford County focus on the smoke not the smoker. SWAT students believe it isn’t their place to tell someone to quit smoking but instead focus on protecting those who choose not to smoke from the health hazards of tobacco products and second-hand smoke. Madison stated that “85% of new tobacco users start between the ages of 12 and 17, before it is even legal to purchase tobacco."

Grace Johns addresses the delegation.

The SWAT Chapter in Bradford County is working on reducing usage and exposure to tobacco products through many avenues and initiatives. The two main issues that the organization is working on are  policies to counteract tobacco product marketing at the retail point of sale (POS) and reduce smokeless tobacco use.  

The Bradford County SWAT Chapter would like to thank the Legislative Delegation for allowing Madison to share the successes and efforts of the tobacco prevention program here in Bradford County.

For more information on the SWAT Program in Bradford County, contact Jenna Hewett at