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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)


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, 2019
Byron Union School District June 30, 2017
Canyon School District June 30, 2019
Clayton Valley Charter High School June 30, 2019
John Swett Unified School District June 30, 2019
Knightsen Elementary School District June 30, 2018
Lafayette School District June 30, 2018
Liberty Union High School District June 30, 2019
Manzanita Middle School (Charter) June 30, 2019
Martinez Unified School District June 30, 2018
Moraga School District June 30, 2018
Mt. Diablo Unified School District June 30, 2019
Oakley Union Elementary June 30, 2018
Orinda Union School District June 30, 2018
Pittsburg Unified School District June 30, 2019
San Ramon Valley Unified School District June 30, 2019
Walnut Creek School District June 30, 2018
West Contra Costa Unified School District June 30, 2017


Monthly Theme for March: Kick Butts!

Tobacco's terrible toll is no accident. It's a direct result of the tobacco industry's actions, including marketing that targets children and deceives people about the harmful effects of their products.

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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.

CourAGE PSA Contest

Open to all Contra Costa County Middle School Students, Grades 6 - 8
Deadline Extended:
Friday March 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m

First Place Winners will each receive a
$100 gift card!

Questions can be directed to Derrick Kirk, TUPE Youth Development Specialist, at

PSA contest link to PDF

For more information download the contest flyer (pdf)

Additional information about PSA Contest prompts:

Last year's winner: Dominic Marble, Orchard Park, Antioch Unified

Monthly Themes

March 2017 – Kick Butts!

Fast Facts:


Suggested Activities:

2016-17 Monthly Themes Preview (PDF)


Archived Monthly Themes

February 2017 – Make a Healthy Resolution!

Fast Facts:

  • Smoking raises your blood pressure and puts stress on your heart. Teens who smoke show signs of heart stress and a higher resting heart rate. These are warning signs that the heart is working too hard.
  • Smoking makes your blood think and sticky. The stickier your blood, the harder your heart must work to move it around your body. This puts stress on your heart. Sticky blood is also more likely to form deadly blood clots.
  • Smoking increases the amount of cholesterol and unhealthy fats circulating in the blood. This can lead to fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries, the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Fatty streaks can often be seen on the artery walls of teens who smoke. This is an early sign of heart disease.


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January 2017 – Make a Healthy Resolution!

Fast Facts:


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December 2016 – The True Cost of Tobacco

Fast Facts:

  • Most adult smokers started as children. In the U.S., 90 percent of all adult smokers start while in their teens or earlier.
  • Every day, another 700 children become regular smokers. One-third of them will die prematurely from a smoking-caused disease.
  • Tobacco costs us $132.5 billion each year in medical bills.
  • Secondhand smoke is also hazardous – it kills nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. each year. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including at least 69 that cause cancer. According to the Surgeon General, secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and respiratory problems, sudden infant death syndrome, low birth weight, ear infections and more severe asthma attacks in infants and children.


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November 2016 – Theme: Break the Cycle!

Fast Facts:

  • Did you know? Most smokers try many times before quitting for good. Every day, week, or month without smoking is a success, not a failure. The more people try, the more they learn about how to quit and the closer they get to their goal.
  • After 8 hours from the last cigarette, the nicotine in someone's bloodstream reduces by 93.25%.
  • Steps to quit: START (one letter/announcement each day)


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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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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

Adolescent Brain & Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD)

Consider this a “greatest hits” of information and resources about adolescent brain development, substance use, and addiction. Numerous speakers will cover the topics of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs/heroin.

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education
77 Santa Barbara Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
For a map and driving directions, visit

Cost: $50 per participant, lunch is included with registration

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2016-2017 Calendars

Student Surveys (TUPE Consortium Districts)

TUPE Collaborative Meetings

TUPE Site Coordinator Handbook 2016-17

Tobacco Cessation/Quit Resources


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