Say What! stands for Students, Adults and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco! and was created by Texas youth to connect everyone working towards reducing tobacco use throughout the Lone Star State. Youth leaders saw a need to unify tobacco prevention efforts statewide aimed at protecting Texans from the harmful effects of tobacco, which kills about 28,000 Texans each year!! That’s roughly the size of Nacogdoches!
The Say What! movement provides an umbrella organization to connect, learn, share and inspire others to make a positive difference in their schools and communities. Many Say What! groups exist in junior high and high schools across Angelina and Nacogdoches counties. The groups team up on certain projects for events like the Great American Smoke Out (November), Texas Tobacco-Free Kids Day (March), Great American Spit Out (February), and World No Tobacco Day (May).
Some students are selected to travel to the statewide Say What! conference at La Toretta Resort at Lake Conroe and learn leadership skills and how to take the tobacco-free lifestyle back to their schools.