Health & Wellness Masthead
November 2015

The 2015 Great American Smokout is only two weeks away, on November 19! On the third Thursday of every November, current tobacco users across the country make the commitment to quit. 
While the number of young people who smoke cigarettes has decreased, we know that 90% of adult smokers had their first cigarette by age 18! This means if we can keep young people tobacco free until age 18, most will never start. 

As educators, we are in a powerful position to help prevent tobacco use. To support our efforts, the American Cancer Society, who sponsors the Great American Smokeout, has created a toolkit for schools.

While our primary focus is on prevention, we also concurrently support those who are trying to quit. Please continue to share quit resources with both youth and adults! 


Emily Justice 
Manager, TUPE & After School Programs
Contra Costa County Office of Education

Want to learn more about TUPE and accessing resources? Check out our TUPE Flyer and TUPE webpage
Welcoming Schools Summit

 Saturday, November 7; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Where: Olympic High School, Concord
Who: School administrators, teachers, service providers, faith leaders, policy makers, parents/families, and youth age 11+

For more information contact Tawny Porter at Rainbow Community Center. 
Vape Pens & Teens: What Educators Need to Know

When: Monday, November 9, 2015; 4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education
Who: School administrators, teachers, counselors, and community-based organization folks who work with youth in school-based settings.

This presentation will provide an overview of e-cigarettes/ vape pens, adolescent use, tobacco-free schools policies, and prevention strategies. 

Northern CA Safe & Healthy Schools Conference

 Thursday, November 12 & Friday, November 13
Where: Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley
Who: School and community-based organization staff

This conference is designed to offer quality training and information on topics and model programs of interest to prevention professionals and educators. There will be over 40 classes, covering a variety of topics for both new and seasoned professionals.

Thank You
We hope you enjoyed this month's Health & Wellness Matters e-newsletter! If you have suggestions for future articles or resources to share, contact Emily Justice.

CCCOE Educational Services
Emily Justice, Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Pamela Comfort, Ed.D.,
Deputy Superintendent, Educational Services

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
In This Issue
Upcoming Meetings


Upcoming TUPE Collaborative Meetings
Friday, November 6
Friday, February 5
Friday, May 6
All meetings are 10 am - noon at CCCOE.

Meeting & Training Calendar


 Useful Resources


Contra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources

E-Cigarette/Vape Pens
Protect Your Family from E-Cigarettes: The Facts You Need to Know


CA State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat


Orange County Department of Education: Not So Safe Campaign


Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Developed for parents with useful information for educators. Includes facts and talking points. 

CessationTobacco Cessation
QuitPal App


 Fast Facts & Articles

Teen cigarette use dropped by 64%, and marijuana use doubled, between 1997 and 2013.


Sex ed to become mandatory in grades 7-12 in California

A quick look at chemicals in e-cigarettes with known hazards

An e-cigarette primer for Project ALERT teachers and students