Rios rolls up sleeves to squash big tobacco

A collection of grade schoolers against a multibillion-dollar national industry: Navarre High School senior Catalina Rios likes those odds.

She will be taking on “big tobacco” in the coming school year as one of four representatives of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Youth Advocacy Board Region 1. Rios was elected to the board by her peers from 18 counties throughout northern Florida to represent them in efforts to pass policies to limit the sale of tobacco and to raise public awareness of the negative, life-threatening health effects, said Gina Rosso, health educator and SWAT coordinator for Santa Rosa County Florida Department of Health.

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