Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Unit: Preventative Instruction, Awareness, Intervention, Cessation, Youth Development


The LACOE-TUPE Unit has successfully supported tobacco-use prevention throughout the region reaching districts and schools through ongoing professional developments and technical assistance that are conducted both face-to-face and via the web, depending on need.

With schools as a hub for resources for students, parents/guardians, and the larger community, addressing the health concerns of our stakeholders is ever more important now than ever before. Youth tobacco/vape-use is a health issue as much as it is a discipline issue.

We are ready to support your efforts in addressing this health crisis through a comprehensive approach using your current structures such as MTSS, PBIS, and Restorative Justice. We are here to provide guidance towards your collaborative efforts to support student success in school and in their community.

Contact Us

Phone: (562) 922-6772
Fax: (562) 922-6388

Mark Hernandez
Project Coordinator

Lynelle Lujan
Senior Program Specialist

Derreck Reed
Senior Program Specialist

Upcoming Trainings

Brief Intervention

September 13 & 14, 2023
8:30am - 12:00pm

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Brief Intervention

October 11 & 12, 2023
1:00pm - 4:30pm

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Brief Intervention

November 14 & 15, 2023
8:30am - 12:00pm

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Brief Intervention

February 28 & 29, 2024
1:00pm - 4:30pm

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What We Do

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Learn more about the trainings on prevention curriculum, intervention and cessation strategies, and youth engagement structures are offered throughout the year.

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Technical Assistance

Find a list of services and resources available to districts and charters in promoting tobacco-free environment that are available at no-cost.

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Anti-vaping Awareness

Access resources that can assist you in developing awareness presentations to inform your stakeholders on the Youth Vaping Epidemic.

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Applying for TUPE Funds

Learn more about obtaining information on available funding through the California Department of Education’s TUPE office to address youth tobacco or vape-use.

Tier 2 Consortium

Through California Department of Education's County Technical Assistance (CTA) Tier 2 Grant for Tobacco-Use Prevention Education, The LACOE TUPE Tier 2 Consortium meets grant requirements of implementing a comprehensive approach in preventing or reducing youth tobacco-use. Key components include: prevention, intervention, and cessation services targeting students, school staff, family, and the greater community.

The LACOE TUPE Tier 2 Consortium is a partnership of eighteen school districts serving 178 middle and high schools throughout the county. Participating school districts include:


Alhambra USD
Beverly Hills USD
Claremont USD
Compton USD
Culver City USD
Glendora USD
Hacienda-La Puente USD
Hermosa Beach SD
Manhattan Beach USD
Palos Verdes Peninsula USD
Pasadena USD
Pomona USD
Redondo Beach USD
South Whittier SD
Sulphur Springs Union SD
Torrance USD
Wilsona SD

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Tobacco Grant Program Funds

The Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Unit at the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) provides technical, specialized, consultative, advisory, and planning services. Through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Tobacco Grant, the TUPE unit provides professional learning to School Resource Officers (SROs) and school staff to support LEAs in order to facilitate the development of quality tobacco-use prevention, intervention, and enforcement strategies. The TUPE unit serves as a resource to LEAs by conducting workshops, trainings, presentations, and meetings free of charge to LEAs in the Los Angeles County area.


  • Build capacity of school Security Resource Officers (SROs) by providing professional development addressing best practices and procedures, new and emerging information on devices, proper disposal, and successful enforcement of school tobacco-policies.
  • Provide professional training opportunities for school staff and SROs on the latest research, preventive curricula, intervention services, current trends of tobacco products and usage, and youth engagement.
  • Facilitate successful collaboration and coalition building among Department of Justice- Tobacco Grant Program grantees in Los Angeles County.


  • Prevention Curriculum
  • Intervention/Alternatives to Suspension
  • Cessation
  • Youth Engagement
  • Media Messaging/Development
  • Family Resources
  • Tobacco-Use
  • Vaping

Stanford Tobacco Toolkit

Middle & High School Prevention Curriculum

Stanford Cannabis Toolkit

Middle & High School Prevention Curriculum

Project Towards No Drugs (TND)

High School Prevention Curriculum

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Lesson Plans & Activities

CATCH My Breath

Grades 5-12 Prevention Curriculum

The Real Cost of Vaping

Middle School Prevention Curriculum

Safety First: Real Drug Education for Teens

15 lessons for that can be completed in a 45- to 50-minute class period.

Project ALERT

Created and tested by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization.

Healthy Futures

Alternative to suspension curriculum is a newer component of the To​bacco Prevention Toolkit from Stanford University.

Teen Intervene: A Brief Intervention for Adolescent Substance Abuse

Counseling intervention using motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and the stages of change model, developed by Dr. Ken Winters.

Youth Vaping Alternative Program Education (YVAPE)

Utilizes phone counseling sessions and educational materials to establish a relationship with students, help them learn about their vaping behavior, and promote a dialogue between students and parents.


Developed by the American Lung Association is a new, convenient alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way.

California Health Education Standards

Resources and tools that build the health related knowledge and skills of students.​

Project Based Learning

Tobacco content provides students opportunities for health promotion and advocacy through Youth Development Projects and Project Based Learning (PBL).

Friday Night Live!

A youth leadership organization

Music Notes

An educational anti-tobacco music organization

Breathe SoCal

A non-profit promoting clean air and healthy lungs