Tobacco Use Prevention and Education (TUPE)
The TUPE program provides a science based, research validated prevention program to grades 6-12. TUPE services are coordinated by Anna Hanisko, MPH and include:
- tobacco prevention education;
- neuroscience of addiction education;
- cessation and intervention;
- tobacco peer education;
- California Healthy Kids Survey;
- tobacco free campus policies;
- youth development activities and;
- collaboration with other community agencies.
Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in America. Over 90% of adult tobacco users began before the age of 18 and it is often the first risk behavior initiated by school-aged youth. The link between tobacco use and other substance abuse, physical violence and low school engagement is well established, further emphasizing the importance of tobacco prevention in school-aged youth. The ultimate goal of the TUPE program is to create the first generation of tobacco-free kids.