TUPE & Substance Abuse
The TUPE program provides Prop 99 and Prop 56 tobacco tax dollars for tobacco prevention education. For school districts to receive funding, they must submit a competitive grant to the California State Department of Education.
The funds are to be used to deliver a comprehensive tobacco prevention program that includes:
- tobacco-specific student instruction
- supplemental strategies, which include reinforcement activities and schoolwide events
- cessation for high school students
Though strategies and activities can be designed locally, they must be based on research on effective practices to prevent the initiation of tobacco use and reduce tobacco product consumption among youth already using. The Tuolumne County Tobacco Prevention Program is the lead agency for tobacco control activities in our County. Collaboration and coordination with Tuolumne County Public Health is essential for TCSOS’s TUPE comprehensive planning.