The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is an online, 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.
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 all electronic cigarettes.
Materials on the website can be used as brochures or classroom posters. In particular, our factsheets are designed to be visually interesting and informative. These are some possible materials that can be used:
The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is committed to providing free tobacco/nicotine prevention materials to educators directly working with youth. No special permissions are needed to use the Toolkit. Everything on the Toolkit website and trainings are free of charge.
Yes, as long as there is no 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.
Yes, the Toolkit is a collection of theory-based, evidence-informed resources including much research from our REACH Lab. We also work closely with our colleagues in research, education, and medicine to keep the Toolkit as up-to-date as possible.
Yes, parts of the Toolkit curriculum have been evaluated. Here are published studies on the Toolkit being evaluated in various settings:
Gaiha, S. M. & Halpern-Felsher, B. (2021). Stemming the tide of youth e-cigarette use: Promising progress in the development and evaluation of e-cigarette prevention and cessation programs.Addictive Behaviors, 120, Article 106960. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106960.
Liu, J., Gaiha, S.M., Halpern-Felsher, B. School-based Programs to Prevent Adolescent E-cigarette Use: A Report Card. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2022 Jun;52(6):101204. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2022.101204. Epub 2022 May 6.
Liu, J., Gaiha, S. M., & Halpern-Felsher, B. (2020). A breath of knowledge: Overview of current adolescent e-cigarette prevention and cessation programs. Current Addiction Reports, 7(4), 520-532. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-020-00345-5.
Gaiha, S. M., Zorrilla, M., Sachnoff, I., Smuin, S., Lazaro, A., Ceballos, R. D., III., Razo, A., & Halpern-Felsher, B. (2021). Development and Reach of the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit: Implementation of a Community-Based Participatory Approach.Journal of School Health, 91(10), 813-824. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.13074
Lazaro, A., Ceballos, R., Fischer, M., Smuin, S., Halpern-Felsher, B. (2021). A novel approach to training educators to conduct school-based adolescent e-cigarette education and prevention: Using the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit. Addictive Behaviors, 118, Article 106858. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106858.
Gaiha, S.; Warnock, A.; Kile, S.; Brake, K.; Vong Do Rosario, C.; Oates, G.; Halpern-Felsher, B; Walley, S. Does Virtual versus In-Person E-Cigarette Education Have a Differential Impact? Comparison of effects on adolescents’ knowledge, perceived addictiveness, and intent to try e-cigarettes. Health Education Journal. Volume 81, Issue 7, November 2022, Pages 891-900; https://doi.org/10.1177/00178969221119287
Chu, K., Sidani, J., Matheny, S., Rothenberger, S. D., Miller, E., Valente, T., & Robertson, L. (2021). Implementation of a cluster randomized controlled trial: Identifying student peer leaders to lead e-cigarette interventions. Addictive Behaviors, 114, Article 106726. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106726.
Smith, L. M., Boehm, L., Strang, L. V., DeMarre, C., Marcyjanik, D. (2021). Targeted education for school staff on electronic nicotine delivery systems: A nurse led intervention. The Journal of School Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/10598405211043127.
McCauley, D., Baiocchi, M., Cruse, S., Halpern-Felsher, B., (2023). Effects of a short school-based vaping prevention program for high school students. Preventive Medicine Reports. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2023.102184.
No formal training is required to use the Toolkit, but we do ask that you fill out our Toolkit Dissemination and Training log to let us know if you are interested in using it. We are interested in collecting this information for use in our analyses and summary reports that we provide to funders.
We are committed to preventing use of tobacco/nicotine products, e-cigarettes, and any other tobacco- and nicotine-related product. We do not receive any from funding from Juul Inc or Juul Labs, or any tobacco or nicotine industry, nor do we otherwise collaborate with them.