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TUPE is the Los Angeles Unified School District's tobacco education program to reduce tobacco use among students in Grades K-12.

Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Mission

The mission of Tobacco Use Prevention Education is to vigorously reduce the tobacco use among youths by:

•   exposing tobacco industry tactics.

•   creating a smoke-free environment in the workplace and at home.

•   providing smoking cessation workshops for students as well as adults.

•   using science-based, research-validated educational programs and strategies that address the four essential TUPE topics:

  • short and long term undesirable, physical, cosmetic, and social consequences of tobacco use
  • reasons adolescents say they smoke or use tobacco
  • peer norms and social influences that promote tobacco use
  • refusal skills for resisting social influences that promote tobacco use

•    providing training for teacher, parents, families, and community members in support of tobacco use prevention education programs.

Background on Funding

The Tobacco-Use Prevention Program provides funding through an application process for tobacco-specific student instruction, reinforcement activities, special events, and cessation programs for students.

In November 1988, California voters approved Proposition 99, which added a surtax of twenty-five cents per pack of cigarettes. Twenty percent of this tax revenue is allocated for schools and community-based tobacco education and prevention programs a well as statewide antismoking advertising campaigns. The Tobacco Education Research and Oversight Committee (TEROC) serves as the body responsible for providing oversight and leadership to all tobacco prevention efforts in California.

The TUPE program provides funding through an application process for tobacco-specific student instruction, reinforcement activities, special events, and cessation programs for students. Programs in grades four through eight are funded through an entitlement process based on average daily attendance (a.d.a.). Programs in grades nine through twelve are funded through a competitive grant process.


The purpose of the TUPE program is to reduce youth tobacco use by helping young people make healthful tobacco-related decisions through tobacco-specific educational instruction and activities that build knowledge as well as social skills and youth development assets. Collaboration with community-based tobacco control programs is an integral part Of program planning. The school, parents, and the community work together so that students will be aware of a cohesive effort and concern for their health and, consequently, their ability to succeed in school. 



  • Implement science-based and research-validated curriculum in required health classes.
  • Train peer leaders to provide classroom presentations.
  • Plan and implement antitobacco schoolwide assemblies and special events.


  • Strengthen the school's identification and intervention process for target populations.
  • Implement mandatory intervention groups for students caught smoking or in possesion of tobacco products.
  • Provide positive alternative to progressive discipline procedures for tobacco-use as outlined in District policy.
  • Provide outreach to pregnant and parenting minors.
  • Provide outreach to ethnic populations.


  • helping students to break the habit and staying healthy.
  • Implement cessation groups for students who self-refer
  • Provide positive alternatives.


Elementary (E), Middle (M), and Senior High (H) Schools

  • AnimAction, Anti-tobacco PSAs (M, H)
  • AnimAction, Team Awards (M)
  • Educational Theatre Company, "Smoke Signal" (M, H)
  • Educational Theatre Company, "Smoker's Story" (M, H)
  • Great American Smokeout/Teens Kick Ash (E, M, H)
  • Health Fairs (E, M, H)
  • I Quit Using It! Tobacco (M)
  • Kick Butts/Tobacco Fee Me Day (E,M,H)
  • Missing Link, Personal/Social Skills (H)
  • Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program (H)
  • Operation Cleanslate, Anti-Graffiti Tobacco Murals (M, H)
  • Parenting and Pregnancy Teens Programs (E, M, H)
  • Project TNT (Towards No Tobacco Use)(M)
  • Save a Sweetheart Event (M, H)
  • Student Advocacy (E, M, H)
  • The Night Harry Stopped Smoking (E)
  • Tobacco Education Group (H)
  • Tobacco Awareness Group (H)
  • Tobacco-Free (M, H)
  • Tobacco-Free Generation (M, H)
  • World No Tobacco Day (E, M, H)


Tobacco use is the single most important cause of preventable disease and premature (early) death, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Each day in the United States, approximately 4,400 youths aged 12–17 years try their first cigarette.
  • One-third of these young smokers are expected to die from a smoking-related disease.
  • Cigarette smoking by young people leads to serious health problems, including cough and phlegm (liquid) production, an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illness, decreased physical fitness, harmful changes in blood cholesterol levels, and reduced rates of lung growth and function (action).
  • Cigarette smoking causes heart disease, stroke, chronic (long-lasting) lung disease, and cancers of the lungs, mouth, pharynx, esophagus, and bladder.
  • Use of smokeless tobacco causes cancers of the mouth, pharynx, and esophagus, gum recession (loss), and an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Smoking cigars increase the risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, and lungs.


    American Cancer Society
    (800) 227-2345
    American Heart Association
    (800) 242-8721
    American Lung Association
    (800) 586-4872
    Smoker's Helpline
    (800) NO-BUTTS
    Nicotine Anonymous
    (800) 642-0666


Tobacco Use Prevention Education

KPMG Building, 10th Floor
355 S. Grand
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Tel: (213) 633-7828
Fax: (213) 633-7838


TUPE Consultants
Lynne Dibble
Phone: (213) 633-7828
 LSharon Sinclair
Phone: (213) 633-7830