Tobacco Use Prevention and Education Program

Tobacco Use Prevention and Education Program

Tobacco Use Prevention and Education Program (TUPE)
The TUPE Program provides support, training, technical assistance and information to districts in the development and implementation of tobacco free policies and practices in schools. LEAs last received TUPE entitlement funds in 2008-09 which were to be expended by June 30, 2011. TUPE funds are now only allocated through competitive grants funded via Proposition 99 to districts that are certified as Tobacco Free. TUPE grant opportunities are released by the California Department of Education in the fall.For information on the Tobacco Free Certification Process, list of Certified Tobacco Free School Districts and COE’s, Tobacco Free Certification Forms, and sample Tobacco Free Policies and Administrative Regulations, please visit: Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California offers low cost Tobacco Free materials, including the signage required to become Tobacco Free Certified:

The policy language that CDE would like to see LEAs adopt reads as follows:
“The ________ School Board prohibits the use of products containing tobacco and/or nicotine, including, but not limited to, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes, and nicotine delivery devices, such as electronic cigarettes, any time, in charter school or school district-owned or leased buildings, on school or district property, and in school or district vehicles. However, this section does not prohibit the use or possession of prescription products, or other cessation aids such as nicotine patches or nicotine gum. Student use or possession of such products must conform to laws governing student use and possession of medications on school property. Other vapor emitting electronic devices, such as electronic hookah, with or without nicotine content, that mimic the use of tobacco products, are also prohibited.”

Vaping in the age of COVID-19 

State resources

California School Climate, Health, and Learning Surveys

Tobacco-Free Policies and Regulations
Provides a toolkit and sample language to assist schools in developing policies

Tobacco-Free Schools Sample Board Policy

Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping

California Youth Advocacy Network

Emerging Electronic Tobacco Products

1-Hour Healthy Futures Curriculum

Tobacco Education  Clearinghouse of California (TECC)

Coordinated Approach to Child Health: E-cigarettes

American Lung Association: Helping Teens Quit

The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

Truth Initiative: Vaping

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: How to Talk with your Kids about Vaping

Other Resources


Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance

Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC)