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Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program (TUPE)

The purpose of the TUPE program is to reduce youth tobacco use by helping students make healthful tobacco-related decisions through tobacco-specific educational instruction and activities that build knowledge as well as social skills and youth development assets.

The Contra Costa County Office of Education provides technical assistance to school districts to develop and implement effective, comprehensive tobacco education programs. Training and technical assistance provided includes:

  • TUPE finalTobacco-free schools certification
  • Annual county-wide TUPE Site Coordinator training
  • California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) administration and data sharing training
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) curriculum trainings for teachers
  • Grant writing support
  • Quarterly district and community partner networking meetings
  • Current research on adolescent ATOD use, as well as effective prevention and intervention strategies

Download the TUPE Program flyer here (PDF)

 

Monthly Theme for October: Tobacco is a drug too!

Nicotine is a highly addictive neurotoxin and exposure to nicotine, either in cigarettes or e-cigarettes, can harm brain development.

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CourAGE Youth Health Coalition

CourAGE (See Our Advocacy, Generation & Education) Youth Health Coalition is a youth-centered and directed group that plays a leadership role in addressing health-related issues. CourAGE members are in grades 8-12 and represent multiple schools from throughout Contra Costa County. CourAGE members develop skills that empower them to create healthy school and community environments through awareness and advocacy projects.


Monthly Themes

October 2016 – Theme: Tobacco is a drug too!

Fast Facts:

  • Nicotine is a highly addictive neurotoxin and exposure to nicotine, either in cigarettes or e-cigarettes, can harm brain development.
  • Little cigars, or cigarillos, are the same size and shape of cigarettes, although they differ in that little cigars are wrapped in tobacco leaf, or paper containing tobacco. Little cigars contain the same toxic and cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarettes. (CDC)
  • Because of their sweet flavors and bright packaging, flavored tobacco products are especially appealing to children. The flavorings disguise the natural harshness of tobacco. Young people are more likely to use candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products than adults, and this can lead to long-term addiction. (ChangeLab Solutions)

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2016-17 Monthly Themes Preview (PDF)

 

Archived Monthly Themes

September Theme: Stop Calling it Vapor!

Fast Facts:

  • E-cigarettes, also referred to as vapes, vape pens, e-hookahs, and mods, heat e-liquid that generally contains nicotine, flavorings, additives, and propylene glycol. The e-liquid becomes an aerosol, not just water vapor!
  • Mainstream and secondhand e-cigarette aerosol has been found to contain at least ten chemicals that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to become cigarette smokers and are less likely to quit.

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Our e-Newsletter:
Health & Wellness Matters

TUPE eNewsletterThis is our Health & Wellness Matters e-newsletter –
a space to share exciting updates, useful resources and upcoming events regarding comprehensive student health.

We have meetings and trainings planned for the upcoming school year that will provide meaningful opportunities to discuss and share strategies to best meet the physical, mental and emotional health needs of Contra Costa County students.

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Upcoming Events/Trainings

2016 Contra Costa TUPE Site Coordinators Training

The New Site Coordinator Orientation (8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) includes an overview of the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program as well as tried and true TUPE activities. The Site Coordinators Training (10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) is for ALL new and returning TUPE Site Coordinators. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

When: Friday, September 16, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Willow Creek Center – 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord, CA 94519

Register online at: https://tupesctraining2016.eventbrite.com


Vape Pens & Teens: What Educators Need to Know

E-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookah...whatever you call them, these products have grown in popularity among people of all ages and young people are no exception. In fact, use of e-cigarettes/vape pens tripled among middle and high school students from 2011 to 2013.

This presentation will provide an overview of e-cigarettes/vape pens, adolescent use, tobacco-free schools policies, prevention strategies, and resources. It is geared towards school administrators, teachers, counselors, and community-based organization folks who work with youth in school-based settings.

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. OR 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education
77 Santa Barbara Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
For a map and driving directions, visit www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/about/cccoemap.html

Register online at: https://vapepensteens2016.eventbrite.com


Project ALERT Training – Fall 2016

Project ALERT is a classroom-based substance abuse prevention program for 7th and 8th graders that is proven to reduce the experimental and continued use of drugs. Through a series of comprehensive lessons, Project ALERT motivates students against drug use, cultivates new non-use attitudes and beliefs, and equips teens with the skills and strategies they will use to resist drugs.

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education
77 Santa Barbara Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
For a map and driving directions, visit www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/about/cccoemap.html

Register online at: https://project-alert-fall2016.eventbrite.com


Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND) Training

Project TND is an effective, interactive classroom-based substance abuse prevention program for 9th graders and students attending non-traditional (i.e. continuation) schools. Project TND focuses on three factors that predict tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, violence-related behaviors, and other problem behaviors among youth, including:

  • Motivation factors (i.e., students' attitudes, beliefs, expectations, and desires regarding drug use);
  • Skills (social, self-control, and coping skills); and
  • Decision-making (i.e., how to make decisions that lead to health-promoting behaviors).

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education
77 Santa Barbara Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
For a map and driving directions, visit www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/about/cccoemap.html

Register online at: https://project-tnd-fall2016.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions regarding these trainings, please contact:
or call 925.942.3370

 

Certified Local Education Agencies

Agency / District Expiration Date
Contra Costa County Office of Education June 30, 2018
Acalanes Union High School District June 30, 2018
Antioch Unified School District June 30, 2017
Brentwood Union School District June 30, 2016
Byron Union School District June 30, 2017
Canyon School District June 30, 2016
John Swett Unified School District June 30, 2016
Knightsen Elementary School District June 30, 2018
Lafayette School District June 30, 2018
Liberty Union High School District June 30, 2016
Manzanita Middle School (Charter) June 30, 2016
Martinez Unified School District June 30, 2018
Moraga School District June 30, 2018
Mt. Diablo Unified School District June 30, 2016
Oakley Union Elementary June 30, 2018
Orinda Union School District June 30, 2018
Pittsburg Unified School District June 30, 2016
San Ramon Valley Unified School District June 30, 2016
Walnut Creek School District June 30, 2018
West Contra Costa Unified School District June 30, 2017

 

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Tobacco Cessation/Quit Resources

 

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