Tobacco-Use Prevention Education, more commonly known as TUPE, is a California grant program funded by the 1988 increase of cigarette taxes to reduce youth tobacco consumption by teaching students to make healthy decisions about tobacco-use.
Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD) is the recipient of a three-year TUPE grant. The goal of the state-funded TUPE program is to empower students in grades 6-12 to make healthful decisions through tobacco-use preventative instruction, intervention, cessation programs, and reinforcement activities.
MBUSD is implementing TUPE activities in grades 6-12 by means of various student and parent programs. Through a partnership with Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), students will have access to anti-tobacco assemblies and guest speakers. A select few will have the opportunity to participate in BCHD's youth advisory committee and LACOE's youth conference. All students in grades 7 and 9 will receive a tobacco-use prevention curriculum using the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit and the Stanford Cannabis Prevention Toolkit. Parents will also have opportunities to attend educational health events throughout the year.