The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

Educational modules for educators, administrators, parents/guardians, and anyone who works with youth.


Please note that in addition to the restrictions contained in the Terms of Use, it is prohibited for anyone to use or modify the Toolkit in connection with any project or program operated, sponsored or otherwise funded in whole or in part by anyone or any entity who is in the business of selling products that contain tobacco and/or nicotine. 

About the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is a new, theory-based and evidence-informed educational resource created by educators and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of cigarettes, cigars/cigarillos, chew, hookah, and electronic cigarettes. This Toolkit contains a set of modules focused on e-cigarettes and vapes, messages on nicotine addiction, information and resources concerning positive youth development, and school policies that provide information about school tobacco policies and tobacco control efforts.  Developing this Toolkit was accomplished by partnering with key stakeholders (educators, parents, and students), others involved in tobacco or health education, and scientists. We also conducted formative research to inform our curriculum, including holding a series of focus groups with students, health educators, tobacco prevention researchers, leaders within the California Department of Education’s Tobacco Control Branch, and basic scientists focusing on tobacco, e-cigarettes, and addiction, to identify the most important content areas that need to be included, delivery strategies that are engaging for youth, and to obtain the latest evidence known about each tobacco product to ensure that the information presented in our curriculum is accurate.

Goals of the Toolkit

  1. For students to understand basic information about tobacco products, including e-cigarettes/vape pens, and the harm they cause
  2. For students to gain awareness of strategies manufacturers of tobacco, including e-cigarettes/vape pens, employ to increase use among adolescents through deceptive and creative marketing strategies
  3. For students to gain skills to refuse experimentation and use of tobacco
  4. For school teachers and administrators to be able to develop and set new school policies

Read More About the History of the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit and the Team

Technical Support

We also invite you to contact us if you want technical assistance creating a different curriculum that best fits your students, and/or if you want a training on using the Toolkit overall and any specific curriculum.

Using the Toolkit

The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is an educational resource that can be adapted to fit the individual needs of educators and students in all types of settings, including elementary, middle and high schools; community-based organizations; and health-related agencies.

Educators are encouraged to pick and choose which lessons will be most useful for their students and adapt activities to suit their needs. You will find that the PowerPoints, worksheets, and activities can all be altered as desired. Please also review the Crash Courses included in certain modules for more information for educators and parents, and please see the Resources section that provides additional information and websites that are relevant to educators, parents, youth, and others who are interested.

Sample Curriculums

While we encourage educators to decide on which activities to use within their classes or for their particular group of students, based on feedback from educators we have also created three curriculums that you can use, each broken down into 50-minute sessions. These may be of interest, especially if you have limited time to organize and plan out the curriculum yourself. The curriculums include:

1)    a 5-session version that covers the essential activities and information;

2)    an 8-session version that incorporates more student participation;

3)    a 10-session version that includes some demonstrations to help students further understand complicated concepts.

These pre-determined curriculums allow for more consistency within and across districts and schools. Even if you use a pre-determined curriculum, we hope that you will still review the Toolkit overall, including the Crash Courses, Resources, and other links and information.   


Subject Relevant Materials

Some educators may want to use materials that are most relevant to a particular subject area such as Science or Art. As such, we have identified activities that are relevant to a particular subject and have organized them on the pages linked below. Each activity is titled by the following naming mechanism, "Module Name: Activity Name." This allows you to locate the activity within that module if you are interested in exploring the topic further. We suggest that educators become familiar with the material, including reviewing the teacher-focused crash courses.