Intervention & Cessation

New E-referral Option for Cessation Services

Kick It California is a free cessation program that helps young people and adults kick smoking, vaping, and smokeless tobacco with the help of proven, science-based strategies. School administrators may refer student(s) who have consented to being contacted by Kick It California. Kick It California contacts student as soon as possible to enroll them in the program and to talk with a Quit Coach.

To learn more about the program, click here. To refer students, access the referral form here.

Tobacco Use Intervention & Cessation Resources 

"Punishing students when they are caught just isn't enough." -- Contra Costa High School Student

The goal of our intervention and cessation strategies is to boost the number and frequency of quit attempts among young people.  When a student is caught with tobacco products on campus, this is an opportunity to provide support.

If you have questions regarding intervention programs and cessation resources available to support students in Contra Costa County, contact our TUPE team at [email protected].

Recommended Intervention Programs

Brief Intervention  
Brief Intervention (BI) for Substance Using Adolescents is a one-on-one intervention program for young people who use tobacco and/or other drugs.  BI utilizes motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy, and the stages of change model to meet the needs of adolescents.  While we utilize BI for tobacco use, this program can be used to address other substance use, including cannabis/marijuana use.

Sequence: Two to three 45-60 minutes sessions
Grades: 6-12

Facilitator training available: Contact us for information about upcoming Healthy Futures trainings for Contra Costa educators.

Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit
Healthy Futures is a small group intervention program from the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit. This curriculum provides the information and resources to facilitate a group for students who were caught with e-cigarettes/vape pens. Students learn about the facts and harms of vapes/e-cigarettes and will receive resources on how to quit vape/e-cigarette use.

Sequence: 1-hour, 2-hour, and 4-hour curricula available
Grades: 6-12

Facilitator training available: Contact us for information about upcoming Healthy Futures trainings for Contra Costa educators.

Youth Vaping Alternative Program Education YVAPE
YouthVaping Alternative Program Education (YVAPE) is a program available to all public schools in the state of California. Enrolled students participate in telephone counseling sessions, watch short educational videos, and complete discussion questions with their parent/guardian or YVAPE counselor. Visit the YVAPE website for more information and to enroll eligible students.

Sequence: Two, 20-minute counseling sessions and 30-60 minutes of videos and discussion completed independently
Age: 13+

All YVAPE services are provided at no cost by trained counselors from the California Smokers' Helpline at UC San Diego.


Kick It California: Free services for teens and adults, including self-help materials and one-on-one counseling.  Services are available in multiple languages.

Quit Smoking

Quit Vaping

E-referral Form for School Administrators   

Contra Costa County folks can dial 2-1-1 for direct referrals.  
See 2-1-1 Flyer.

Telephone Counseling: Smart Phone Apps: NCI QuitPal, QuitSTART, QuitGuide

  • Smokefree TXT Support for Teens: Text QUIT to iQuit (47848) 


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