TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education)

​​​Proposition 99, approved by the California voters in the November 1988 general election, increased by 25 cents, the tax on each pack of cigarettes sold in the state. The annual Budget Act appropriates funds from the Tobacco Surtax Fund for several purposes, including tobacco-use prevention education in schools. The Tobacco Education Research and Oversight Committee (TEROC) serves as the body responsible for providing oversight and leadership to all tobacco prevention efforts in California.

The purpose of the TUPE program is to reduce youth tobacco use by helping young people make healthful tobacco-related decisions through tobacco-specific, research-validated educational instruction and activities that build knowledge as well as social skills and youth development assets. Collaboration with community-based tobacco control programs is an integral part of program planning. 

A tobacco-free school prohibits all tobacco use anytime, anywhere by anyone on all school property, and at all school-sponsored events. The goal of the CDE's tobacco-free school district certification process is to protect our children's health by encouraging all school districts and county offices of education (COEs) in California to adopt a model 100 percent tobacco-free policy. Click here to learn more.




Requests for applications and funding results for Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) ​programs. 

TUPE Acceptance of Funds Guidance - Guidance regarding acceptance of Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) funds or materials from the tobacco industry or from entities receiving funds or materials from the tobacco industry.​


TEROC prepares a comprehensive Master Plan to guide California tobacco control efforts, tobacco use prevention education, and tobacco-related disease research. It's purpose is also to advise the California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Education, and the University of California regarding the administration of Proposition 99 funded programs.

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Master Settlement Agreement - Under the Master Settlement Agreement, seven tobacco companies agreed to change the way tobacco products are marketed and pay the states an estimated $206 billion.​


Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP)​ collaborates with individuals, community agencies, youth, service and health organizations, city officials and schools throughout Orange County to offer a variety of tobacco education, free cessation services and prevention projects. ​