Corpus Christi (KIII News) — The battle to reduce addiction to tobacco is personal for two seniors at one Coastal Bend high school.
Alejandro De La Paz and Ruben Garza are "Say What" ambassadors selected by the Texas school safety center run by Texas State University to be just two of three students representing South Texas.
"What actually stand for students adults and youth working hard against tobacco," Garza said.
Garza is in his second year as an ambassador while De La Paz is in his first.
"We travel across the state of Texas. we talk to youth adults, sponsors, politicians whoever it may be about the harmful effects of tobacco," Garza said.
Recently the men met with Corpus Christi city councilmembers to ask for more tobacco prevention education in schools.
"I didn't know that much info on what tobacco can do to you, your family, your pets, the environment, everything," Garza said.
According to De La Paz, his mother is a smoker.
"Telling her all the facts I know, telling her "you need to stop." "it's not going to get better." "it's only going to get worse." and she did stop, she slowed down a little bit," De La Paz said.
Both men plan to spend the next year visiting classrooms across the Coastal Bend looking for a change.
De La Paz hopes his passion becomes an addiction for others.
"I love talking to people. I love interacting, teaching people about the harmful effects of tobacco. Doing this is a blessing," De La Paz said.
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