Tobacco Use and Prevention Education Program (TUPE)

The Lifesaver Program, formerly known as Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE), was developed with LAUSD Beyond the Bell, after school providers, ARC and EduCare, Courageous Hearts, LA City Attorney’s Office Tobacco Enforcement Program and The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health. This program addresses tobacco use among adolescents:

  1. Anti-tobacco Ambassador training
  2. Campus Outreach/Awareness Events
  3. Health Fairs
  4. Student Advocacy Projects
  5. Coordination with Sister Agencies/Community
  6. Youth Referral to Lifesaver Classes
  7. Parent Outreach
  8. Student Arts Campaign

The Lifesaver Program was created to address the issue of tobacco from a social ecological perspective. We hope that the coordination and integration between after school providers and health care providers can impact the personal and environmental factors that determine behaviors that lead to the use of tobacco. Having this in mind, primary, secondary, and tertiary intervention were considered in the development of this program.

Every campus with this program will be exposed to awareness campaigns led by student health leaders and ambassadors that are equipped to refer their peers to someone on campus that can assist that student with getting help. In addition, for those students who have been identified as users will be provided an intervention through a series of 8 classes called Lifesaver.

Through this class students will find support for quitting addictive behavior and will learn from others who are going through the same stresses. Students will learn the facts about tobacco use, about nicotine and the way industry has always kept people in the dark about the dangers of addictive behavior, the chemicals involved, and how they manipulate the market. They will also be introduced to organizations that can provide mental health counseling and health care services to help them fight their addiction.

Want more information?

To find out if your campus offeres the Lifesaver Program, please contact your after school provider ARC Assistant Director and Special Projects, Sterling Williams  Ph. 310.671.4400 ext: 270 or EduCare (TBD).