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Tobacco Use Prevention Education -TUPE


The Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program strives to reduce youth tobacco, e-cigarette, and vape use by helping students make informed decisions through research-based curriculum and activities that educate, build social skills, and develop youth leadership to empower the next generation of tobacco-free advocates.  In support of the wellness of all members of our community, the Marin County Office of Education collaborates with schools and districts to achieve and maintain tobacco-free certification and to provide instruction and activities that raise awareness of the risks associated with tobacco use.



In September, the US Food and Drug Administration announced that vaping among teens has reached “epidemic proportions.” Locally, the California Healthy Kids Survey results show that vaping use among Marin teens more than doubled in the past two years.  This alarming data is a call to action for parents, public health officials, educators, and concerned community members.
The Marin County Office of Education, Marin County Health and Human Services, and the San Francisco Marin Medical Society are hosting Vaping Epidemic – A Parent and Community Education Workshop at 6:30 p.m. on October 18th.  This workshop will provide information about e-cigarettes and vaping, risks associated with use, and prevention strategies.
Panelists include:
  • Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer
  • Dr. John Maa, Chief of Surgery at Marin General Hospital and President of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society
  • Jon Hirsch, Redwood High School Teacher and Redwood Night Live Advisor
  • Jasmine Gerraty, Bay Area Community Resources Youth Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
  • Marin Youth Peer Educators
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Tobacco-Free Certification
California Health and Safety Code 104420 requires that all California public schools prohibit the use of tobacco/nicotine products at any time on any district-owned or leased property, including vehicles, regardless of a district's tobacco-free certification status.  MCOE supports schools in achieving and maintaining tobacco-free certification. Information about certification and a list of tobacco-free certified districts can be found on the California Department of Education website.
Please contact MCOE for tobacco-free school/facility signs.

E-Cigarette Information for Parents Educators, and Health Care Providers 


Cessation Resources

The California Smokers' Help Line offers free services for teens and adults that include: self-help materials and one-on-one counseling over the phone. Services are available in multiple languages.

      • English: 1-800-NO BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)
      • Spanish: 1-800-45 NO FUME (1-800-456-6386)
      • Chewing Tobacco: 1-800-844-CHEW (1-800-844-2439) Smart Phone Apps: NCI QuitPal, QuitSTART, QuitGuide
Smokefree TXT Support for Teens: Text QUIT to iQuit (47848)

Become an EX

Marin County Resources to Reduce Nicotine Addiction (Marin Health & Human Services)




Stylish New Vaping Devices Entice Students Into Unhealthy Habits - KPIX 5/13/18

Marin Educators Sound Warning on Vaping Devices - Marin IJ 3/26/18



Visit the Marin TUPE Consortium website for more news and information!



For further Information contact:
Kristen Marcucci
Marin County Office of Education
Tobacco Use Prevention Education Coordinator | 415.491.6685