Say What! Tobacco-Free Virtual Conference

July 26 - 27, 2020


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recognize the importance of the role that youth play in creating lasting, positive changes concerning tobacco prevention and control.


To this end, the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University has designed the Say What! Texas Tobacco-Free Virtual Conference to be the most engaging, fun and effective experience in helping youth and adults find their passion for tobacco prevention and living a healthy, tobacco-free life!


Not only do participants discover their true calling to protect their friends and family members from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine products, but they also learn cutting edge strategies, information, and tools and techniques on youth leadership and prevention from some of the country’s greatest experts in the field of tobacco prevention.


Scroll down to see what the 2020 Say What! Virtual Conference offered this year.

Conference Highlights

Take a look at some of the fun we had during the 2020 Say What! Virtual Conference. Then, scroll through the rest of the page to watch the Teen Ambassador Sessions, participate in the tobacco prevention project planning tracks, and hear from a few experts discuss youth leadership and personal experiences of working for the tobacco industry.

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Teen Ambassador's Sessions

The Say What! Teen Ambassadors have been preparing for you all year! See their skills in action and learn how tobacco and nicotine use impacts more than just your health.

Project Tracks

The tracks have been designed to help youth groups and youth advocates select a specific tobacco prevention topic to focus on. Each track includes tailored trainings from experts in a variety of fields to help you understand how to further your youth tobacco prevention efforts and reach the next level of youth advocacy.

Conference Keynotes

If you’re needing motivation, inspiration, and laughter, take a look at some of the special guests we had during the virtual conference. Then, watch their videos, visit them on social media or follow along on their YouTube channel.

Juan Bendaña

Juan Bendaña is a name and person you need to remember! Take a look at this specially curated video for Say What! members and youth groups as he discusses 8 ways to build confidence, let go of perfectionism, and how to embrace who you are. Then, subscribe to his YouTube channel to hear more!


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Dr. Victor DeNoble was recruited in 1980 by the Phillip Morris Research Center to build a secret research lab and to develop a cigarette with reduced heart risk. In 1994, after a decade of being silenced by a secrecy agreement with Phillip Morris, Dr. DeNoble became the first whistle-blower to testify before Congress about his research conducted within the tobacco industry. Watch his series of The DeNoble Files to learn more about drug addiction, e-cigarettes, and nicotine.

Dr. Victor Denoble

Matt Ransdell Jr. will have you jumping out of your seat to create change! His faith and trust in YOU to help create the first tobacco-free, nicotine-free, and vape-free generation is stronger than you believe for yourself. Listen as he inspires and motivates you to stand up for what you believe in, to speak up for your friends and family, and to do something that will create everlasting change. Then, follow him on social media to stay connected to his inspiration.


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Matt Ransdell Jr.

Special Sessions

Magic In Advocacy

With so much distraction from social media, peer pressure, and the tobacco industry, it can be hard to keep your focus on creating the first tobacco and nicotine-free generation. But, by speaking up for what you believe in, discovering the truth about the tobacco industry and sharing your findings with your friends, family, and community, you become the magic in advocacy.

Say What! Youth Members

This year, we awarded two youth members with the 2020 Say What! Member Award for their hard work, dedication and leadership to their schools and communities. Watch the video to learn a little more about them, how youth leaders overcome challenges and setbacks like the impact of COVID-19, how to work with adults, tips on excelling presentation skills, and the special opportunities Say What! Members receive.

Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

As a youth leader, it is important to evolve your leadership skills and traits to help you educate and increase awareness so you can create change. This session with Extreme Youth Leadership discusses the different characteristics and traits of a great leader as well as the importance of goal setting to help you accomplish your tobacco prevention efforts. You can use the My Commitment template to follow along during the goal setting portion.

You’re New To Say What!? Now What?

This adult session provides an in-depth look into the Say What! program and is presented by Say What! Teen Ambassadors and Consultants as well as the sponsor of the Say What! youth group HTB Strikers. You’ll hear about the variety of free resources the program offers and how to best utilize these resources and opportunities to help your youth group continue their tobacco prevention efforts in the school or community setting.

If you have any questions, contact us at

877-304-2727 or

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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.