SWAT emphasizes "dont b misLEAD" message

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By The Staff

BRONSON - Leave it to the Levy County SWAT kids to come up with a catchy slogan with a double meaning - "dont b misLEAD."

For those not familar with the acronym, SWAT stands for Students Working Against Tobacco.

Each year, Levy kids belonging to the national awareness group decide on a theme.

For instance, last year they attacked the evils of smokeless tobacco, culminating with a coffin procession in front of the State House in Tallahassee.

This year's theme was unveiled in March and articulated at a press conference on Wednesday, April 2, or better known to the SWAT kids as "Kick Butts Day."

Students from Chiefland, Bronson and Williston attended the affair held in front of the Levy County Health Department Building.

Which brings us back to "dont be misLEAD."

"The tobacco industry uses lead as an additive in cigarettes," said Matt Tyson, president of Chiefland Middle School's 60-strong SWAT effort. "It's a deadly drug. They recall toys with lead paint. They should recall cigarettes because of their lead content. It shouldn't be there to begin with."

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