On behalf of our entire tobacco-use prevention education (TUPE) team here at the County Office of Education, I would like to wish everyone a fun, safe, and healthy last few weeks of 2017! 

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With appreciation, 

Emily Justice 
TUPE Manager
Educational Services

December TUPE Theme: The True Cost of Tobacco

Did you know? Most adult smokers started as children. In the U.S., 90 percent of all adult smokers started while in their teens or earlier. Every day, another 700 children become regular smokers. One-third of them will die prematurely from a smoking-caused disease. 

Find additional information, activity ideas, resources, and videos for ALL of our TUPE monthly themes on our TUPE webpage

View an at-a-glance of the 2017-18 monthly themes here. (PDF) 

Prioritization Forum: Underage Drinking & Drug Use
Are you concerned about alcohol and other drug use in your community? Mark your calendar! 

Tuesday, December 12 | 9:30 AM | Martinez |  Flyer (PDF)

Residents are invited to talk about the results of the five Prevention Community Forums and major issues surrounding underage alcohol and marijuana use, unused and expired prescriptions, and other drug use. The outcomes from this forum will influence future services in your community. This meeting is free and open to all Contra Costa County residents, especially local youth.

*NEW* Workshop: Menthol & Big Tobacco Targeting of the African American Community
Wednesday, December 6 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dr. Valerie Yerger

Tobacco kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, car crashes, murders, suicides, other drugs, and fires... combined. Despite fewer teens smoking than ever before, tobacco is still a major health issue and it affects some communities a lot more than others. Explore the tobacco industry targeting of the African American community, health disparities, and prevention strategies.

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Valerie Yerger,  Associate Professor in Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 

Check out the registration page for more information and to sign up to attend.

Resource: Supporting Trans and Gende r Non-
Conforming Students Webpage

GLSEN's new webpage  i s a  wealth of resources that center trans and gender non-conforming students and educators. These resources share personal experiences and can help students and educators learn about gender diversity, pronoun visibility, trans students' rights, and inclusive curriculum and GSA practices.

What we've been reading this month... 
Articles, Research, and More!