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Kick Butts Day: Candlelight Vigil

The TPCC youth group held a candlelight vigil for Kick Butts Day, in memory of those who have lost their lives to tobacco-related diseases. The event took place at Archer Park in McAllen, and was attended by over 50 people coming to honor their friends and family.

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February Youth Meeting

Angel Quintanilla, a local advocate, fundraiser, and motivational speaker attended the February youth meeting to share his story and to help inspire our youth to go into their community and make positive change. Angel was born with cerebral palsy, but he hasn’t let it slow him down. Every year Angel visits the local children’s hospital […]

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TPCC Youth attend 2018 SayWhat! Summit

The Texas School Safety Center and Texas State University program, SayWhat! (Students, Adults and Youth Working Hard against Tobacco) chose McAllen for the fourth straight year to be the site of their annual Youth Action Summit. On Saturday morning, February 17th, streams of student and youth groups from across the Rio Grande Valley streamed into […]

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82% of Hidalgo County now Smoke-Free!

With Edcouch joining the ranks in December 2017, Hidalgo County is now home to 18 smoke-free cities, the highest number in the state! Over 570,000 residents, workers, and visitors are protected from unwanted, toxic secondhand smoke.

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Why youth shouldn’t use #tobacco

Youth use of tobacco products in any form is unsafe, irrespective of whether it is smoked, smokeless, or electronic. If cigarette smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness. That’s about 1 of every 13 Americans aged […]

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February is #AmericanHeartMonth!

February is popularly known as the month of love, but it also has the title of “American Heart Month”. This month should be a special reminder for us to take care of our hearts. One way to do this is to quit smoking and to avoid breathing in second-hand smoke. We may have heard that […]

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SayWhat! selects third Teen Ambassador from Hidalgo TPCC!

Katherina Garza, TPCC youth member and Economedes High School student, has become the third SayWhat! Teen Ambassador to come from Hidalgo County. Teen Ambassadors travel the state of Texas as part of the SayWhat! program ( and participate in youth-led activities dealing with tobacco prevention. As part of the program, Teen Ambassadors learn valuable leadership […]

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TPCC Youth train for “Taking Down Tobacco”!

TPCC youth group members completed the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids and CVS Health Foundation’s “Taking Down Tobacco” course. The free online course teaches kids and adults alike the skills, information, and tools to help reduce tobacco usage in their communities. If you are interested in taking the course, contact Yolanda Guzman, TPCC Volunteer Specialist at […]

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