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Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

The TUPE (Tobacco-Use Prevention Education) program provides funding for programs  for tobacco-specific student instruction, reinforcement activities, special events, and intervention and cessation programs for students. 

TUPE peer educators participating in the yearly training conference.  For more information please visit the TUPE website.


New: Click on the files below for information:

What You need to Know about Vaping and Teens

Featuring young people and other local experts, this 6-part video series covers the following topics:

  • Basics of e-cigarette/vape pen devices
  • Impact on young people
  • Intersections between tobacco and cannabis/marijuana
  • Tips for adults and resources available


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COVID-19 Wellness Resources

According to the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE), 

"The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. We have compiled a list of helpful resources to use when talking to kids about COVID-19."

CCCOE has a website with numerous links and resources that helps students, families, and peers talk about this important topic. Click on links below for the website and for a COVID-19 and Vaping Chart (PDF).


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Vicente Martinez High School's Psychology Club

From Vicente High School’s Psychology Club: Is vaping safer than smoking? How did we go from nearly stopping nicotine addicted youth to a new generation of users? Find out as we interview Youth Development Specialist Derrick Kirk from the Contra Costa County Office of Education Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program. Click on the links below to view the 30 minute podcast and other resources.


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  1. Students should watch The Rise of Vaping (20 minutes) video and then complete the individual interactive Escape the Vape refusal skills activity (10 minutes).
  2. Students can screenshot the completion verification when they finish the activity.
  3. There is also an accompanying resource handout, including tips for healthy stress management
  4. For students interested in signing up for the California Decoy Program, they can do that online. As soon as decoy operations resume, they will be on the list to participate.
  5. Article – How smoking, vaping and drug use might increase risks from COVID-19.

Students, please keep copy (or screenshot) of completion verification to show if/when asked for by school.