The TUPE program provides funding from Prop 99 tobacco tax dollars for tobacco prevention education. In order for school districts to receive funding, they must submit a competitive grant to the California State Department of Education.

Competitive grants are available for LEA's serving grades 6-8 or grades 9-12.

The funds are to be used to deliver a comprehensive tobacco prevention program which 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 San Mateo County Tobacco Prevention Program is the lead agency for tobacco control activities in our County. It is located in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division of the San Mateo County Health System. Collaboration and coordination with this agency is an essential part of TUPE comprehensive planning.


The TUPE Coordinator for the County is the SMCOE Prevention Education Coordinator. The role of the Coordinator is to provide:

  1. leadership and strategic direction to LEA tobacco education efforts;
  2. technical assistance to districts receiving TUPE funding to help them design effective programs and meet funding requirements;
  3. information and updates on trends in youth tobacco use behaviors, and in effective prevention and intervention curriculum and strategies;
  4. staff development opportunities to prepare staff to deliver tobacco instruction on science-based curriculum;
  5. linkages to CDE TUPE Programs and to community tobacco education, prevention and cessation resources.

The coordinator is also available to assist in exploring other funding opportunities and to help with preparing TUPE grant proposals.

Upcoming Trainings and Conferences

Teens Tackle Tobacco • March 3 & March 10 
Interest form deadline January 20 
Student registration deadline February 15

The 23rd annual Teens Tackle Tobacco conference, for middle-and high-school students, will take place virtually on March 3rd for middle schoolers and March 10th for high schoolers.

San Mateo County has 100 middle school spots for the conference and twenty high school spots. Districts in the Tier 2 TUPE Consortium will have first dibs on these spots. Click here to see the list of districts in the consortium and the number of spots available. If your district is part of the Tier 2 Consortium, a district representative must fill out this form for the entire district by January 20th. Once the form is filled out, the registration information will be emailed to the district representative who fills it out. If Tier 2 Consortium districts do not fill out the form by 1/20, the available spots will be released to non-consortium districts.

Please note: students MUST register themselves individually. This is a new and critical change, as the website and app for the conference require each student to have a unique registered login and password.  It is also critical that the students self-register, as they will be sent an amazing package in the mail, containing some awesome swag, snacks, etc., all tied to the conference and the conference theme of A.C.T.: “Action Changes Things!” If your district is not part of the Tier 2 TUPE Consortium and you would like to be notified if spots become available, please fill out the form. The deadline for student registration is February 15.

Teens Tackle Tobacco Conference Flyer

Stanford Tobacco Toolkit Training • February 9

On February 9, there will be a Tobacco Prevention Toolkit training course. This training will provide an overview of the toolkit as well as updated information regarding tobacco/nicotine products. The focus will be on toolkit features, particularly the self-paced vaping prevention course and how to use the toolkit for remote teaching. More information about the Stanford Tobacco Toolkit can be found on their website

Registration is enabled until the day of the training.

Stanford Tobacco Toolkit Training Flyer

Stanford Tobacco Toolkit Training Registration

Brief Intervention Training • March 18-19 
Registration deadline March 3

The next Brief Intervention Training will be on March 18 and March 19 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. This two-day training will cover Brief Intervention, an approach that uses motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy and the stages of change model to meet the needs of adolescents who use alcohol and/or other drugs. The BI strategy includes three to four brief counseling sessions with a trained staff member. This training is intended for school administrators, educators, counselors, nurses, CBOs, and youth workers.

The registration deadline is March 3. When registering, please include either your home address or work address for shipment of materials prior to the training date.

Brief Intervention Training Flyer

Brief Intervention Training Registration

Teaching Cannabis Prevention and Awareness • April 27-28

The 2nd annual Teaching Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Conference, focused on the Triangulum of Tobacco, E-cigs, and Cannabis will be held virtually on April 27-28 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. More information about the Cannabis Awareness & Prevention Toolkit can be found at the Stanford Awareness & Cannabis Prevention Toolkit website. The registration link will be sent out within the next two weeks. The cost is $125 per person. Registering not only allows you to attend the conference, but also also gives you access to the recordings and keynotes if you wish to review them within the next year.

Teaching Cannabis Prevention and Awareness Flyer

TUPE Summit

The 1st Annual TUPE Summit was held on September 27, 2019. Over 75 attendees received critical updates on e-cigarette usage among teens as well as information on tobacco related health disparities. The presentations from the Summit and other resources can be found below.

Summit Presentations

Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher's presentations (Updates on E-Cigarettes and Stanford Tobacco Toolkit) - - This presentation contains more slides than Dr. Halpern-Felsher was able to present. If you would like to use these slides, please download and save them. Do use them on the site.

Dr. Phillip Gardiner's presentation (Tobacco Related Health Disparities) -

Craig Wingate's presentation (SMC Tobacco Control Program) -


San Mateo County Storytelling Program - Check this out to see how you can use photovoice with your students.

Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

Stanford Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit

Lung Disease Information from the Centers for Disease Control

Risk of E-Cigarette Usage for Kids, Teens and Young Adults 

Theresa Vallez-Kelly

Coordinator, Safe Routes to Schools and TUPE


Phone: (650) 802-5429