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An evidence-informed prevention curriculum includes strategies and practices that research has found to be effective in preventing tobacco use

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Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

​The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit from Stanford University is a theory-based and evidence-informed educational resource created by educators and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of commercial 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
Resources: 🔗Self-Paced Online Vaping Prevention Course

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CATCH My Breath

CATCH My Breath is a peer-reviewed, evidence-based youth vaping prevention program developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (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
Grades: Upper elementary (5/6), middle (7/8), and high school (9-12) students
Resources: 🔗 Pre-Recorded Video Lessons for 6th Grade Curriculum

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Project ALERT

​Project ALERT is a substance abuse prevention program that is proven to reduce the experimental and continued use of alcohol, commercial 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)
Resources: 🔗 Project ALERT Distance Learning Guidelines

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Keepin' It REAL (kiR)

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)​

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The Real Cost of Vaping

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-lesson curriculum for each grade level plus two video lessons
Grades: Middle (6-8) and high school (9-12) students

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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
Resources: 🔗 Project TND Online Implementation Guide

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