Tobacco-Free Conference

Best conference ever!!! The Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference always strives to improve and provide the most engaging, fun, and effective experience so that every participant leaves with the ability and passion to #ActivateChange and #LiveTobaccoFree. So this summer's #SayWhatConf set a new bar and offered two ways for youth and adults to get the most out of one of the best youth advocacy and leadership events in the country: the Starter Track and the Advanced Track!


Each track was designed to help both youth and adult participants make a difference in their homes, schools and communities based on their knowledge, skills and motivation to get involved in tobacco prevention. People from across Texas and around the country – Alaska, California, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC – came to #MakeTobaccoHistory and left with the knowledge, skills and motivation to Stand Up, Speak Up, and Be Tobacco-Free!

Save the Date!  |  July 29-August 1, 2018

The Say What! Conference will be held at the gorgeous and luxurious La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, TX on beautiful Lake Conroe, which offers attendees award-winning service and amenities throughout the entire conference, including the expansive Aqua Park that features multiple pools and a lazy river for your enjoyment during free time!


100% Youth Focus!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes the importance of the role that youth play in a comprehensive tobacco control program. The Texas Department of State Health Services also recognizes the role that young people play in making lasting, environmental changes concerning tobacco prevention and control. Under their direction, the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University has designed the Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference to be the first ever 100% youth-focused tobacco prevention and control conference in the state of Texas!


We are dedicated to bringing you cutting edge strategies, information, tools and techniques on youth leadership and prevention. If you are part of a youth group working on tobacco-free policy, prevention-related issues or other projects in your school or community, we invite you to join us for this elite training opportunity.


This conference focuses on the Say What! youth movement and making sure that all Students, Adults and Youth are prepared to Work Hard Against Tobacco!































Conference Check-In

Networking Dinner

Opening Activities





Starter/Advanced Tracks begin


Starter/Advanced Tracks continue

Pool Party/Dinner





Skills Clinics


Starter/Advanced Tracks conclude


Mixer/Talent Show





Closing Session


Starter Track

First time at the Say What! Conference? New to tobacco prevention? The Starter Track is the best way for you to develop a strong foundation by:


  • Understanding where tobacco prevention has been, where it is, and where it’s going,
  • Learning the basics of tobacco products and the consequences of using them,
  • Connecting with various resources that can make your efforts easier and more effective, and


After all of that, you’ll get your hands dirty by creating content and planning a local project that makes a difference by inspiring youth to #LiveTobaccoFree.


Think you know your stuff? Got experience being a tobacco prevention advocate? Then it’s time to take your game to the next level:


  • Discover your deepest purposes and passions in life, then use them to drive your tobacco prevention efforts.
  • Uncover and unlock your talents and voice so that you can use your strengths and your story to motivate others to get involved and #DoSomething.
  • Set personal and organizational goals, then choose a group project that will truly #ActivateChange across the world – YOUR world!


If you’ve ever wanted to become the best version of yourself AND elevate your tobacco prevention efforts, then the Advanced Track at the Say What! Conference is your hustle!



Registration info

JULY 29- August 1, 2018

Location: La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

Registration includes:

• 4 days/3 nights hotel (multiple occupancy)

• All meals & snacks from Sun PM - Wed AM

• Conference t-shirt

• Conference materials & supplies

• Access to Aqua Park and other resort amenities




• Limited number of scholarships available

• Eligibility for scholarships does not guarantee award

No late requests will be accepted

• All scholarship requests must be made by Monday, May 7, 2018

• Winners will be notified via email by Friday, May 11, 2018

Scholarship Requests open Spring 2018

2) Register your group now
• Conference Registration fee = $450 all-inclusive!

• Space is limited

• Payment by credit card, check, or purchase order accepted

Registration opens Spring 2018

If you have any questions, contact us at

877-304-2727 or


We hope to see your group at the 2018 Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference at the

La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa on July 29th-August 1st!

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Toll Free: 877.304.2727

Local: 512.245.8082

Mailing Address

415 North Guadalupe - #164

San Marcos, TX 78666

Say What! was created and designed by young people from across Texas and connects students interested in eliminating tobacco from their schools and communities. The Say What! movement is funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services through a contract with the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University.