Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

View image of presentationThe Tobacco Use Prevention Education program is focused on reducing youth tobacco use by helping students make healthful tobacco-related decisions. We provide instruction and activities that build knowledge, social skills, and other youth developmental assets.

Our team supports school districts to develop and implement effective, comprehensive tobacco education programs through a variety of training and technical assistance, including:

Santana King, TUPE Coordinator

Jesus Ramos, Administrative Assistant
jramos@ccoe.net - (530) 473-1350 ext. 10307


How can I tell if my kid is vaping?

  • Are there sweet or fruity smells coming from behind closed doors? That might actually be nicotine hiding in vape flavors.
  • Are there school supplies or tech products you don’t recognize in kids’ backpacks or rooms? How about small vials or eye dropper bottles?
  • Have you come across unfamiliar chargers, coils, or batteries?
  • Have there been changes in your kids’ behavior such as increased mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or impulsivity?
  • Are your kids suffering from more frequent headaches or nausea?

Where are the kids getting it?
While California State Law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21, kids still manage to get it.

Here are six common ways:

  • Vape products are all over social media, and many promote the sale of their products right from their accounts.
  • Website age gates are easily bypassed, and kids use a parent’s name for shipping. In fact, kids successfully buy e-cigs online 94% of the time.*
  • Clerks at tobacco shops, vape stores, gas stations and convenience stores might not enforce the California Tobacco 21 law, which prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21 years of age. 
  • Many vape companies have names that wouldn’t raise a red flag on parents’ credit card statements.
  • Online orders can be delivered to Amazon lockers in supermarkets or convenience stores.
  • Orders can also be shipped to the homes where parent(s) are at work when the mail comes.
  • Kids are buying and selling pods, and even single hits, in schools. https://www.flavorshookkids.org
TUPE is a state-funded program supported by the 1988 Proposition 99 California Tobacco Tax and the 2017 Proposition 56 Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act. Partners include California Department of Education; state and local health departments; county/district prevention coordinators; district/school personnel; parents/students/community members; community-based organizations; law enforcement and health agencies.


TUPE Resources

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