Health & Wellness Masthead
March 2016

We were thrilled to send 120 students to the High School Teens Tackle Tobacco Conference last month. With 149 students attending the middle school conference this week, that's over 250 of our Peer Educators connecting with hundreds of other young people to learn about adolescent health issues and ways to take action. 
Contra Costa TUPE staff present to a packed room at the 18th Annual High School Teens Tackle Tobacco Conference on February 11, 2016.
Joining the excellent workshop line-up were our very own Derrick Kirk and Jennifer Eseltine! Their workshop, Cigarettes to Vaping: Tobacco Rebranded, took participants through an engaging exploration of industry marketing strategies and health concerns. 
Interested in another opportunity to engage young people in meaningful youth development and substance abuse prevention? Check out the CourAGE Youth Health Coalition's PSA Contest

Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education

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

Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest!

The CourAGE Youth Health Coalition would like to invite all Contra Costa County middle and high school students to participate in their PSA contest! Participants choose one of three
tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol prevention prompts. 

Winning entries will each receive a $100 gift cardCheck out the contest flyer for all the details, including guidelines, prompts, and instructions for entering! 

Questions regarding the PSA Contest? 
Contact Derrick Kirk, TUPE Youth Development Specialist.
Kick Butts! Day is on March 16

Cups in a Fence -- Smoking Kills. Kick Butts.
Kick Butts! Day | El Dorado Middle, Mt. Diablo Unified 

Kick Butts! Day is a national event that empowers youth to stand up and speak out against Big Tobacco. While we have made great strides in the fight against tobacco, every day more than 3,000 young people smoke for the first time and tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Our students are raising awareness and encouraging everyone to be tobacco-free!

Questions regarding Kick Butts! Day activity ideas? 
Contact Derrick Kirk, TUPE Youth Development Specialist.
Inclusive Schools Coalition

The Inclusive Schools Coalition is seeking new members from all disciplines to join efforts to create safer, more inclusive schools and communities for LGBTQ youth. Click here for more information about the coalition

There are three ways to get involved!
  1. Sign-up for the e-mail list to receive program updates and event announcements. 
  2. Like the coalition on Facebook.
  3. Attend a Coalition meeting- held the second Tuesday of each month; 4:00-5:30 PM; Rainbow Community Center 
Questions regarding the Inclusive Schools Coalition?
Contact  Tawny Porter, Rainbow Community Center.
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, M.A., Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

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

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
In This Issue
Upcoming Meeting & Events

Brief Intervention Training
Tuesday, March 22
Santa Clara Office of Education (San Jose)

Quarterly TUPE Collaborative Meeting
Friday, May 6
10 AM - Noon; CCCOE

Live Webcast
The Triangulum: Tobacco, Marijuana, & E-cigarettes 
Thursday, May 26
9:00 AM - Noon

Save-the-Date! 2016 Welcoming Schools & Communities Summit 
Saturday, September 10
Contra Costa County

 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 Dpt. of Education: Not So Safe
Tobacco Cessation
QuitPal App


 Fast Facts & Articles

Teen cigarette use dropped to a historic low in 2015! 


The percentage of teens who smoked tobacco increased by more than half when little cigars are included as a form of tobacco use.

In addition...

Youth who use e-cigarettes report that the primary reasons for use are curiosity and flavors. Only 10% report using e-cigarettes to try to quit traditional cigarettes.