‘Texas Tobacco-Free Kids Day’ aims to teach students the dangers of smoking

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The ‘Texas Tobacco-Free Kids Day’ is an annual event that encourages students around the state to avoid substance use. 

Texas 21, a non-profit dealing with tobacco use, finds that nearly 500,000 Texas kids alive now will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. 

Today’s statewide campaign intends to change that number. 

Students named the event ‘Say What,’ which stands for Students, Adults, and Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco.

Around the district, kids will take part in webinars and informational kits that educate them about the danger of continuous tobacco use. 

At Tyler ISD, at least 70 students and faculty will wear designated shirts to represent the amount of people that day each day in Texas from smoking. 

The event has 16 ambassadors around the state to help spread the message of tobacco prevention, and a few of them are East Texas students. 

Kellen Kruk is a senior at Pineywoods Community Academy and has taken part in Texas 21 events, he is an ambassador for the day and encourages his fellow classmates to avoid smoking to live a healthier, safer life. 

Say What’s website says their overall goal is change the way the state approaches tobacco use and dangers. 

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