District 34 State Rep. Abel Herrero will hold a press conference May 2 to discuss a proposal to help state employees quit smoking

Herrero said he is pushing for the initiative in order to help the state lower health insurance and medical costs.

"The State of Texas is failing to do all it can to help state employees save time, money and most of all their health and lives," Herrero said in a prepared statement. "It is time to offer Texas' devoted and dedicated public employees all the help they need to stop smoking.

"Helping state employees quit smoking would save the state an average of $3,800 a year per smoker."

Herrero will discuss his proposal to offer a smoking cessation benefit to state employees at a news conference scheduled to be held May 2 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. It is set to begin at 11 a.m. Herrero will be joined by healthcare professionals, state employees, anti-smoking groups and others.