A former West Virginia University football player spoke to more than 300 students on Saturday, encouraging them to remain tobacco free.
Wes Lyons, a former WVU and NFL wide-receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was the keynote speaker at the Regional RAZE kick off event.
Students from middle and high schools in 22 counties across the state met to discuss different ways to stay, and help others to be tobacco free.
RAZE said 46,000 people under the age of 18 will die from complications brought on by smoking cigarettes.
"That's three fourths of a packed Mountaineer Field and that is way too much," said Lyons. "That's just with smokers, that doesn't even include any other types of tobacco and that needs to change. So I'm here to be an inspirational voice to help that change. And if I could help change one person I would be too excited. Even just to help one person."
Lyons is now a motivational speaker and the author of 'The Pursuit with Patience'. His book documents his time at West Virginia University, NFL career, and more.
If you'd like to find out more about Wes Lyons, or connect with him about motivational speaking visit his website.
To learn more about the RAZE Program visit the website.