Learn more about the harmful effects of vaping on youth

The World Health Organization the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control just announced their World No Tobacco Day 2024 global media competition here: https://ggtc.world/actions/global-media-competition

Here’s the competition description: The 4th Global Media Competition (GMC) is looking for compelling short video reels that uncover the tobacco industry’s deceptive tactics and highlight effective laws protecting children from its harmful influence. We’re inviting entries from those under 35 to recognize a ‘for youth by youth’ approach. Folks working with youth organizations and anyone under 35 years old should enter the competition for a chance to win $2,000 – $5,000!

Talk to your kids about the dangers of vaping

The purpose of the TUPE program is to reduce youth tobacco use by helping young people make healthful tobacco-related decisions through youth development assets, as well as tobacco-specific, research-validated educational instruction and activities that build knowledge as well as social skills.

Learn more about why flavors hook kids for vaping

The tobacco industry uses fun flavors and tech devices to hook kids on nicotine. Why kids? A developing brain is easier to addict.

Get the facts about vaping

Below are resources you can use to help your students understand the dangers of vaping.

Want more info on Vaping Prevention?

We have resources to educate Parents and Teachers on how to talk with children to explain the risks of e-cigarettes. 

According to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey by the FDA,

22.5% of high school students use e-cigs daily

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How to properly dispose of e-cigs


Tobacco Free CA – Vape Waste: More Harmful Than You Think

U.S. Food & Drug Administration – Tips for Safe Disposal of E-Cigarettes and E-Liquid Waste

About TUPE

The California Department of Education provides Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) funding for the San Luis Obispo County TUPE Consortium to provide education for young people to make healthful decisions through evidence-informed tobacco-use prevention instruction, youth development, intervention, reinforcement activities for tobacco-free school environments, and cessation programs.​​​​ The school community, parents and families can play an important role in providing social and environmental support to prevent and intervene in the use of tobacco. The TeachVapeFree website is funded to help support our local community efforts for youth in grades 6 through 12 to get the facts about the effects of vaping on youth development and addiction.


Traci Theis

TUPE Program Coordinator


Kate Bowcutt

TUPE Health Educator

Karma McKelvey

TUPE Grant Evaluator


Mike Thiesen

Communications and Media Support for TUPE

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3350 Education Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

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