Evidence-Based Tobacco Prevention Curriculums

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  • Project Towards No Tobacco (TNT): Project TNT (Towards No Tobacco) utilizes a skills approach to prevention that aligns well with the North Carolina Course of Study in Healthful Living Education. This is a 10 day curriculum program for Grades 5-9 and includes games, videos, role plays, and a video project. Project TNT has been identified by the CDC as a Program That Works in reducing the use of cigarettes and spit tobacco and is included in the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. For more information on this curriculum, please click here.

  • CATCH My Breath: CATCH My Breath is a FREE online youth e-cigarette prevention middle school (6th-8th) and high school curriculum. CATCH My Breath is the first curriculum on the market focused on youth e-cigarette prevention and is continuously updated to include emerging products such as JUULs. This curriculum can be used to supplement any tobacco curriculums that teachers may already use, but that don’t include the latest information on e-cigarettes. The intended outcomes of this curriculum are to ensure students will: understand that e-cigarettes are addictive, unhealthy, and not as popular as they think; influence friends and peers to not use e-cigarettes; and resist their own curiosity and peer pressure to experience with e-cigarettes. The online curriculum includes in-class activities, teacher education and take-home materials for parents. The program is based on state-of-the-art tobacco awareness and prevention best practices and consists of six lessons at 20 to 30 minutes each. A sample lesson can also be sent for free in advance of ordering. Additional information on the program and ordering can be found at: http://catchmybreath.org

  • Life Skills Training (LST): A nationally known curricula, Life Skills Training is a school-based program that has been shown to reduce the use of gateway drugs (tobacco, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana) in all populations studied. This curriculum targets the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. There are three distinct curriculums for elementary, middle and high school. Curriculum materials are available in Spanish. Life Skills Training is included in the SAMSHA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. For more information on this curriculum, please click here.

  • Time Wise: This curriculum is for students in grades 6-9 and offers alternatives to substance abuse associated with unstructured free time. It empowers youth to clarify personal values, find new leisure interests, overcome obstacles and take personal responsibility for their free time. It also motivates students to make healthy decisions for themselves. For more information on this curriculum, please click here.

  • Keepin’ It Real: This curriculum assists students with resistance strategies for tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use and helps students recognize risks and avoid drug-related situations. Students are also encouraged to value their own perceptions and feelings. Recognized as a Model Program by SAMHSA. Workbooks are available in Spanish. For more information on this curriculum, please click here.

  • Project Alert: A school-based prevention program for middle or junior high school students that focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use. Project Alert is designed to help motivate youth to avoid using drugs and to teach them the skills they need to understand and resist social influences. The curriculum is comprised of 11 lessons in the first year and 3 lessons in the second year. Project ALERT is included in the SAMSHA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Curriculum materials are available in Spanish. A Peer Teen Leader component is also available. For more information, visit the Project ALERT web site.

For a complete list of evidence-based tobacco prevention programs, please visit the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Even if you don’t have time to implement a full tobacco prevention curriculum in your classroom, there are many other fun activities that you can incorporate into your lesson plans throughout the school year. Click here for a list of ten, low-cost and low-stress tobacco prevention activities.

Other resources for tobacco prevention activities and programs:

Surgeon General’s Report Youth, Young Adults, and E-Cigarettes: The Surgeon General released a report on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults . The website, “Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People,” is a  great interactive website with fact sheets, videos, quizzes, and the risks of e-cigarettes, including addiction, brain development, and harmful aerosols and chemicals: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/

Kick Butts Day:
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. This database lists numerous activities that can be down-loaded for free to use any day of the year: http://www.kickbuttsday.org/search-activities/.

Legacy Youth Activism in Tobacco Control: A Toolkit for Action

South Dakota Department of Health Tobacco Prevention Activities: https://doh.sd.gov/prevention/assets/ToolkitK-12_mediumres_Sec1.pdf

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org

Chatham County Public Health Department Youth Tobacco Presentations
The Chatham County Public Health Department supports the work of teachers in the classroom. Knowing the time constraints that teachers face, we have created presentations that teachers may use on their own or co-facilitated with a Health Promotion Coordinator. All information presented is aligned with the North Carolina Essential Standards.

These presentations provide a general overview of:
  • Current Youth Tobacco Use;
  • Different Tobacco Products; 
  • Tobacco Industry and Marketing Techniques;
  • Emerging Tobacco Products;
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), such as Electronic Cigarettes;
  • Health Risks and Concerns of Tobacco Use;
  • Legal Consequences of Tobacco Use;
  • Chatham County School’s Tobacco Policy;
  • Refusal Strategies and Skills;
  • Tobacco Cessation Resources, and;
  • Youth Tobacco Prevention Efforts 

These presentations and materials listed below are available for use in your classroom, after school program, or youth group:

The Chatham County Public Health Department has print materials that parents and teachers can use to help talk with students about tobacco use.

Topics include: 

  • The Health Consequences of Smoking
  • The Health Consequences of Spit Tobacco
  • Nicotine and Addiction
  • Candy-Flavored Tobacco
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Vaping and E-Cigarettes: What Parents Should Know

Please contact Anna Stormzand, Health Promotion Coordinator with the Chatham County Public Health Department, to request print materials at anna.stormzand@chathamnc.org or (919) 545-8445. Materials can be picked up at the Pittsboro office.