The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

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

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.

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

Suggested Curriculums

The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is an educational resource that can be adapted to fit the individual needs of educators in all types of settings. Educators are encouraged to pick and choose which lessons will be be most useful for their students and adapt activities to suit their needs. Based on feedback from educators who are using this resource, we have created three suggested curriculums, broken down into 50 minute sessions. The curriculums include: 1) a 5-session version that covers the essential activities, 2) an 8-session version that incorporates more student participation, and 3) a 10-session version that includes some demonstrations to help students understand complicated concepts. We hope that once you become familiar with the activities you will be able arrange the lessons and activities in an order that best fits your needs.



This module gives information about the history of tobacco and reviews a variety of tobacco products.

E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens

This module provides an understanding of the inner workings of e-cigarettes, the content of the aerosols they produce, and thirdhand smoke. It's broken down into 5 units, each of which explore e-cigarettes in-depth.

Nicotine Addiction

This module provides information about the human brain and the unique aspects of the adolescent brain, addiction, and the specifics of nicotine addiction.       

Positive Youth Development

The intent of this module is to increase understanding of PYD and provide strategies, rather than programs, that effectively engage youth in tobacco prevention activities, with the ultimate goal of decreasing and preventing tobacco use.

School Policies

This module is divided into two units, one that will provide schools with tools necessary to develop, promote, and maintain a tobacco-free campus community.