Changing how Texans view tobacco prevention

Say What! Conference

The Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Conference is the top youth conference that engages 6th-12th grade youth groups in creating a tobacco and nicotine-free Texas. Youth groups who attend will learn about the dangers of all commercialized tobacco products, receive teen leadership skills building opportunities, plan a tobacco prevention project for their school or community, and have fun with other like-minded youth from across the state. Registration has closed, but you can still learn more about the 2024 conference.


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Teen Ambassador Applications

Applications for the 2024-25 Say What! Teen Ambassador term is open. Ambassadors receive the opportunity to train hundreds of their peers and community members about the dangers of all commercialized tobacco products, host projects and events that encourage others to live the life tobacco and vape-free, work with like-minded youth from across the country, and share their passion for tobacco prevention with their elected officials. Applicants must be entering 9th-11th grade to apply.


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2024 Virtual Say What! Summit

This year's virtual summit featured the Say What! Teen Ambassadors discussing the evolution of e-cigarettes, the physical health effects of vaping nicotine and THC, addiction and the impact vaping has on teen mental health, and the damaging effects of vape litter on our environment.


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We all know using tobacco and nicotine products are bad. Maybe you know someone who uses a tobacco or nicotine product and you wish they would stop. Or, you just want to be a leader and make a difference in your school or community. Whether you’re looking to create change locally, statewide, or nationally, let Say What! show you how to get started.

LEARN about Say What!

GET THE FACTS about tobacco prevention


Now that you have the foundation of youth tobacco prevention,

you’re ready for next steps… it’s time to Speak Up!!



SPREAD the Message

Use social media to share what you’ve learned or repost Say What! graphics, videos, and messages to educate your peers. Connect with your local media to submit press releases about events your group is hosting or a letter to editor discussing the importance of youth tobacco prevention for your school, community, and state. Create a PSA for your local radio station or school TV channel.

REQUEST a Mini-Grant kit

Say What! mini-grant kits are the perfect way to educate and bring awareness to your school and community. These FREE projects in a box contain fun and engaging items to help youth groups implement their best project yet!

ADVOCATE for your community

Say What! offers free Action Summits across the state as well as an annual conference to educate and train youth and adults to get involved in tobacco prevention. Our events are designed for all participants to become a tobacco prevention advocate with their school and community in mind.


You know the facts, you’ve led a project or two, attended a Say What! event and just maybe consider yourself the “go to person” about tobacco prevention. Now, it’s time do the same for your state!

ACTIVATE change in Texas

One of the most impactful things you can do to protect friends, family, and community members from the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine products is to advocate for policy change. Policy advocacy is about using your voice in the fight against tobacco because your voice activates change.

BECOME a Say What!

Teen Ambassador

If you’re passionate about tobacco prevention, protecting Texans from tobacco industry manipulation and deception, and love being a leader, we want you to apply to become a Say What! Teen Ambassador. Ambassadors serve as the youth voice for youth tobacco prevention in their community, the state of Texas, and beyond!


SAYWHAT! | Live Tobacco-free


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Mailing Address

Texas School Safety Center

ATTN: Say What Program

Texas State University

601 University Drive

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.