Students Create Anti-Smoking Display

4-8-06 – Students in Ardmore scattered hundreds of shoes on Saturday, hoping to send a powerful message.

Members of Plainview Middle School’s Students Working against Tobacco, or SWAT, team created a display in front of the Mercy Memorial Cancer Center.

The display included 1,200 shoes, scattered on the lawn. Each shoe represents one of the 1,200 people who die in America every day from tobacco use.

About 15 students were on-hand Saturday to answer questions from passers by and hand out information along with tips to quit smoking. SWAT members say they are not against smokers, but they say they are targeting big tobacco companies with their message.

SWAT is a national organization. It also has a chapter in Wilson, Oklahoma.