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With so much information available about tobacco prevention like health effects, environmental consequences, and tobacco marketing practices, it can be hard to know where to start. Well, Say What! is here to help!
By creating easy to use projects and videos and educational online trainings to advance your knowledge and advocacy efforts for youth tobacco prevention, both youth and adults are able to educate and protect their schools and communities from the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine.
Say What! member groups are eligible to request our FREE Say What! Mini-Grant Kits. Mini-Grant Kits are projects in a box that provide high quality resources, which connect your youth group’s efforts with the entire state of Texas!
Mini-Grant Kit projects must be youth-led, though youth must be working with at least one adult supervisor, and can be used for any upcoming project or event that occurs between October 1st and July 31st each year.
You can also connect with some of our partners' websites, which offer even more information and resources on tobacco prevention and control!
Say What! online trainings address a variety of topics related to youth tobacco prevention and enforcement such as:
• How to recruit and retain youth in your tobacco
• Involving and developing youth tobacco prevention
• New and emerging tobacco products
• Youth tobacco prevention enforcement
Say What! webinars are free to attend and are archived to access at your convenience. Click here for information on upcoming webinars and archived recordings.
Get the word out!
Is your youth group hosting an event? Do they want your local radio station, newspaper, or news station to attend? What about matching Say What! shirts and gear? Check out a few of our templates to help your youth group get the word out about your upcoming projects or events and then create some Say What! gear to represent the movement.
State of Texas Resources
CATCH My Breath
(Youth E-cigarette Prevention Program)
This program informs and educates teachers, parents and health professionals in the school/after-school setting to equip 6th, 7th and 8th graders with knowledge and skills so that they can make more informed decisions about the use of e-cigarettes and vaping.
(Bilingual online tobacco prevention and cessation tool - middle and high school youth)
ASPIRE is a free, bilingual, online tool that helps middle and high school teens learn about being tobacco free. It explains the dangers of tobacco and nicotine use, so they never start smoking. Or, if they already do, it gives information and ways to quit.
(media campaign - ages 15-17)
Created by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Worth It? aims to educate Texas teens about the risks of tobacco. Various statistics on health and legal consequences, social and financial facts, and information on chemicals found in tobacco and cigarettes can be easily accessed, along with professionally-produced public service announcements about tobacco prevention.
Peers Against Tobacco
(Texas Tobacco-Free College initiative)
Peers Against Tobacco is a peer-led initiative to eradicate tobacco use on college campuses across Texas. In addition to providing campus campaigns addressing both “casual”smoking and the growing trend of hookah, e-cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products, Peers Against Tobacco also offers resources to help students and staff achieve and implement comprehensive tobacco-free campus policies.
(Texas Tobacco Quitline)
Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Your body, memory, and the habit itself fight you every step of the way. Plus, it can take several attempts to successfully quit. By calling the Quitline at 1-877-YES-QUIT (937-7848), you’ll receive personalized support and the tools and strategies to help you become smoke- and tobacco-free. Our clinically proven program is free and confidential, helping you stay focused on your personal reasons for quitting.
Texas Tobacco Laws
This website provides access to the Texas Cigarette, E-Cigarette, and Tobacco Product Laws Handbook. The handbook is a compilation of local, state, and federal laws pertaining to tobacco enforcement, which are directly referenced from the Texas Education Code, Texas Healthy and Safety Code, Texas Labor Code, Texas Penal Code, Texas Tax Code, United States FDA Tobacco Control Act, and United States Code. This handbook also contains model ordinances of Americans for Nonsmoker Rights and examples of Texas Municipal Clean Indoor Air ordinances.
Tobacco-Free School Signage
Being a truly tobacco-free school includes e-cigarettes. At the close of the 84th Legislative session, the Texas Education Code was amended to include e-cigarettes in tobacco-free school policies. Help your school clearly communicate, enforce and support a tobacco-free, e-cigarette free campus!
Texas 21 is a coalition of organizations from across the state whose mission is to save lives and prevent tobacco use by increasing the legal minimum sale age to 21.
Tobacco 21 is a national organization focused on school-based education, reducing media exposure, counter-marketing, tobacco and smoke free homes and public areas, and increasing the legal minimum sale age to 21 for the entire country.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Smoking & Tobacco www.cdc.gov/tobacco/
The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health offers information related to smoking and tobacco use.
Taking Down Tobacco
Created by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in partnership with the CVS Health Foundation, Taking Down Tobacco is a free, comprehensive online training program that provides youth leaders and adult allies with the information and the skills necessary to help create and #BeTheFirst tobacco-free generation.
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco.
We work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.
Truth Initiative is dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. We speak, seek and spread the truth about tobacco through education, tobacco control research and policy studies, and community activism and engagement.
Youth Engagement Alliance
An organization of committed individuals focused on tobacco control for youth, the Youth Engagement Alliance consists of many national, state, tribal, territorial and regional professionals who work with youth to fight tobacco. Efforts to strengthen youth engagement within tobacco control include: regional networks supported by Leadership Team members, quarterly webinars, online resources, and Coordinator Camp – a conference designed for coordinators who work with youth tobacco control programs around the country.
Tips From Former Smokers
A national tobacco education campaign that profiles real people who are living with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.
Fresh Empire salutes those who represent Hip Hop, stay on their grind, and live tobacco-free. Share exclusive videos and other content via social media and find out when Fresh Empire will be reppin’ at an event in your area.
This Free Life
This Free Life is a campaign that proudly celebrates the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. We wave our colors high and seek to improve LGBT people’s health by encouraging tobacco-free lifestyles.
The Real Cost
You already know that tobacco is bad for you, but even experimenting can come with a cost. What are cigarettes costing you? Access graphics, videos, and facts to help educate teens and reduce the number of teens who experiment with tobacco and become lifelong users.
The Real Cost – Smokeless Doesn’t Mean Harmless
Did you know that all tobacco contains toxic, cancer-causing chemicals? Smokeless tobacco products like dip contain up to 30 cancer-causing chemicals and can cause serious health problems. Find useful videos, graphics and statistics to help teens make informed decisions and hopefully avoid a lifelong addiction.
Run by the folks at the National Cancer Institute, this website is designed to help people understand the decisions they make – especially the decision to quit smoking – and how those decisions fit into their lives.
Knock Tobacco Out of the Park
It is time to take tobacco out of baseball for good – to set the right example for America’s kids and protect the health of the players. See which teams and cities have already taken steps to protect its players and fans, and find out how you can do the same in your town.
Shop Tobacco Free
You can shop tobacco-free! Find stores and retailers that don’t sell tobacco products in your area and encourage other to join the campaign. Access toolkits and resources for retailers, partner and shoppers so that more businesses reduce the availability and appeal of cigarettes and other tobacco products. By doing so, they can help prevent kids from ever starting to use tobacco and support smokers trying to quit, thereby improving health and saving lives.
Stanford Medicine Tobacco Prevention Toolkit
A theory-based and evidence-informed educational resource created by educators and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of cigarettes, cigars/cigarillos, chew, hookah, and electronic cigarettes, this toolkit can be adapted to fit the individual needs of educators and students in all types of settings, including elementary, middle and high schools; community-based organizations; and health-related agencies.
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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.