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Updated: 11/16/2013 08:00:01AM

‘Nowhere to run and hide’

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Polk County School Board Chairman Dick Mullenax, Superintendent of Schools Kathryn LeRoy and Polk County Health Department Director Dr. Ulyee Cho hold a banner that declares Polk schools and buildings 'Tobacco free – Everywhere – By everyone – At all times.'

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

SWAT members gathered Tuesday at Mosaic Park in Bartow to rally against tobacco use by teenagers. Among those attending were, front row, from left, Leah Meeks, Desire Simons, Leslie Laguerre and Chantale Jones and, back row, Stevie Sweet, Nadia Laguerre, Angela Forte, Deja Sparkman, Phoenix Jenkins, Neel Shah, Charlie Manalo and Amol Patadia.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

School campus visitors may see these signs proclaiming the site tobacco-free at any events held at school sites.

By CATHY PALMER

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Tuesday the SWAT team was geared up and ready to go — not to a hostage scene, but at a rally to end teen use of tobacco. This SWAT team, armed only with determination and dedication, is Students Working Against Tobacco, which joined Polk County School Board members and staff in promoting the Board’s new anti-tobacco policy adopted just moments before the rally at Mosaic Park in Bartow.

The students, from Winter Haven, Ridge Community and Bartow high schools, hosted the rally as the school board declared November its “Tobacco Free Schools” month.

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