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 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.
Please click here for a TUPE overview video.