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Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program


The primary focus of the California Department of Education's (CDE) Coordinated School Health and Safety Office (CSHSO) is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to be tobacco free. The secondary focus of the CSHSO is to develop California's next generation of tobacco-free advocates who represent a cross-section of California's priority populations.

Comprehensive evidence-based tobacco-use prevention, youth development, intervention, and cessation programs are an important part of this effort and an effective strategy against four of the five leading causes of death in California: heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease, and fires caused by smoking.

TUPE funds are intended for tobacco-use prevention, youth development, intervention, and cessation programs only. The purpose of the TUPE program is to reduce youth tobacco use by helping young people make healthy tobacco-related decisions through tobacco-specific research-validated educational instruction and activities that build knowledge as well as social skills and youth development assets. Collaboration with community-based tobacco control programs is an integral part of program planning. Within the San Dieguito Union High School District, school staff, parents, students, and the larger community are involved in the program, so that students are aware of our cohesive effort and concern for their health and, consequently, their ability to succeed in school and life.

Principles of Effectiveness as Applied to Tobacco-Use

Having tobacco-free schools is one of our nation's highest priorities. Recipients of TUPE funds must use those funds in ways that are most likely to reduce tobacco use among youth. Recipients shall coordinate their TUPE-funded programs with other available prevention efforts to maximize the impact of all the tobacco prevention programs and resources available,

Tobacco Policies and Practices

Board Policy 5131.62 and its Administrative Regulation identifies and recognizes that tobacco use presents serious health risks, and it outlines both educational goals and prohibitions regarding products containing tobacco, vapor emitting devices, and other devices that mimic the use of tobacco products.

Youth Development and Other TUPE Supported Programs

Youth development activities were selected consistent with research regarding the youth development approach (CDE's Youth Development Web page). The goal of the chosen youth development activities is to increase youth awareness of the harmfulness of tobacco, de-normalize tobacco use, and to encourage and develop young tobacco-free advocates. Strategies target minority populations and those who use tobacco to deal with stress issues, control weight, or have depressive issues, as well as the general population.

Youth development activities/strategies include:

●    Peer Educator Programs

●    Teen Presenters

●    Study Buddy

●    Youth Involvement In Anti-tobacco Advocacy and Media Literacy/Youth Media Production to Counter the    Influence of the Tobacco Industry

●    Teens for Teen Safety

●    Having A Voice (HAV)

●    Young Leaders in Health Care

●    Club Live

●    Advocacy activities

Other TUPE supported programs include:

●    Wellness Events

●    Character Counts

●    Rachel's Challenge

●    Red Ribbon Week

●    Smart Start Driving Safety Class

●    Law Enforcement Presentations

●    Support Groups

Additional Resources

●    California Department of Education Tobacco Use and Prevention Resources

●    California Smokers Helpline 1-800-NO-BUTTS

●    Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee

●    Tobacco-Related Disease and Research Program (TRDRP)