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Students Working Against Tobacco or SWAT is the shared name of independent groups across the United States who work to educate and unite students against the alleged manipulation and targeting of youth by tobacco companies. Each division of SWAT is managed independently from state-to-state. The first SWAT group was established in Florida schools in 1998. In 1997, the state of Florida settled a lawsuit against tobacco companies for 11.3 billion dollars (later increased to over 13 billion dollars through a friendly language clause) to be paid out over the next 25 years. The then governor Lawton Chiles directed money won in the settlement to fund a state program to prevent youth smoking. Out of these funds came SWAT; From 1998 to 2003, youth smoking decreased by more than 50% among Florida youth in grades 6-12[citation needed]. SWAT continues its operations in Florida under the guidance of four Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinators. Florida received another tobacco settlement in 2005 and on November 7, 2006, Floridians voted to pass Amendment 4 requiring 15% ($57 million) of the settlement to be used to fund a statewide tobacco education and prevention program. This funding has been made available to individual counties to be spent at their discretion. The Centers for Disease control have not recognized youth-led tobacco prevention efforts as valid[citation needed]. Other such programs exist, though sometimes with a variation in name, in states including Michigan, New York and Oklahoma. External links Mississippi SWAT Oklahoma SWAT Florida SWAT SWAT information from the Florida Department of Health This organization-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e