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An evi​dence-informed prevention curri​culum includes strat​​egies and practices that research has found to be effective in preventing tobacco u​se.​​​​ ​


The California He​althy Kids Resources Center​​ provides access to educational resources that can be borrowed at no cost, including curricula, books, video, and audio. ​​

​Recommended Curriculum​​​​

Contact us for information about live, virtual in-service trainings for the curricula listed below, which include distance learning implementation tips.​​​​​


Tobacco Preventi​​on
Toolkit Website​​​​

​​The To​bacco Prevention Toolkit from Stanford University is a theory-based and evidence-informed edu​cational resource created by educators and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of tobacco and nicotine products.

  • Sequence: Flexible (1, 5, 8, 10-lesson sample curricula​ available)
  • Grades: Upper elementary (5/6), middle (7/8), and high school (9-12) students​

Distance Learning Resources​:

🔗 Self-Paced Online Vaping Prevent​ion Course


CATCH My Breath
​​​CATC​H My Brea​th is a peer-reviewed, evidence-based youth vaping prevention program developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center​​​ at Hou​ston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The program provides up-to-date information to teachers, ​parents, and health professionals to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about the use of e-cigarettes. 
  • Sequence: 4-lesson curriculum for each grade level
  • Gr​ades: Upper elementary (5/6), middle (7/8), and high school (9-12) students

Distance Learning Resources​:

🔗 Pre-Recorded Video Lessons for 6th Grade Curriculum

Project ALERT
​​Project ALERT is a substance abuse prevention program that is proven to reduce the experimental and continued use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. ​Through a series of comprehensive lessons, Project ALERT motivates students against drug use, cultivates new non-use attitudes and beliefs, and equips teens with the skills and strategies they’ll use to resist drugs.
  • Sequence: 11-lesson curriculum (7th grade) and 3 booster lessons (8th grade)
  • Grades: Middle school students (7/8)

Distance Learning Resources​:

🔗 Project ALERT Distance Learning Guidelines


Keepin' It REA​L

​​​Keepin’ It REAL (kiR) is a scientifically proven substance use prevention and social and emotional competency enhancing program designed to focus on the​​ competencies linked to preventing substance use and abuse. Students learn how to assess risk, value their perceptions and feelings, and communicate effectively.

  • Sequence: 10-lesson curriculum
  • Grades: Middle school students (6-8)

Distance Learning Resources​:

🔗 TB​D

The Real Cost of
Va​ping Web​site​​
​​The Real Cost of Vaping is sponsored by Scholastic and the FDA, who have developed a set of lessons, resources, and videos to address youth vaping. Students will analyze informational text, collect and present data, and evaluate marketing messages.
  • Sequence: 3-le​sson curriculum for each grade level plus two video lessons
  • Grades: Middle (6-8) and high school (9-12​) students​

Distance Learning Resources​:

🔗 Videos, Articles and Online Digital Activity - Middle School
🔗 Videos, Articles and Online Digital Activity - High School


Project TND

Project TND is an interactive substance abuse prevention program that is based on more than two decades of successful research at the University of Southern California. Project TND focuses on three factors: Motivation factors (i.e., students’ attitudes, beliefs, expectations, and desires regarding drug use); Skills (effective communication, social self-control, and coping skills); and Decision-making (i.e., how to make decisions that lead to health-promoting behaviors)

  • Sequence: 12-lesson curriculum
  • Grades: High school (9-12​) and alternative/continuation high school students

Distance Learning Resources​:

🔗 Project TND Online Implementation Guide​