New S.W.A.T. Youth Advocacy Board member encourages classmates to avoid smoking

Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 03:18 PM.

Just getting student smokers to think about what they're doing, and the potentially deadly future consequences, is important, she said.

"I know we have a lot of kids who smoke who don't admit it," Olivia said. "When I see them doing it, I say, 'Hey, whatcha got there?'"

If a student considers smoking, Olivia suggests he or she listen to the little voice inside.

"I tell them I wouldn't do something I know I would regret," she said. "If you're thinking of doing something you might have even the teeniest, tiniest little regret about, don't even try it."

Applying for a position on the board "was a little nerve-wracking," Olivia said. She had to prepare a detailed, multi-page application, and then interview before the entire 14-member board.

As a member, she attends regional meetings and statewide telephone conferences, learning about upcoming anti-smoking campaigns and recommending future outreach to her peers.

Between her state office and her Crestview High S.W.A.T. efforts, Olivia keeps busy.

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