Community Prevention Program

The Community Prevention Program focuses on relieving the burdens related to tobacco use and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been exacerbated among special populations. To help mitigate the impacts of all tobacco and nicotine products use, tobacco advertising and the pandemic, the program provides training opportunities and resource materials to educate and empower community members to support and create healthier individuals and communities.

Trainings and resources focus on tobacco and e-cigarette prevention, cessation, community engagement, mental health, and retailer compliance to help ensure youth under 21 do not have access to tobacco and nicotine products. These educational resources and materials are available to all communities across Texas but are prioritized for those populations most disproportionately affected by the tobacco industry and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding for the Community Prevention Program is received from the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). For any questions about the program and services provided, please contact staff at 512-245-6231 or email Kathleen Bates at k_b277@txstate.edu or Jennifer Steele at js42@txstate.edu .

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The Mental Health Crisis Among our Youth and Young Adults and the Effects of Vaping: Resources to Help

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Date:
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time:
3:00pm – 4:15pm CT

The challenges today’s youth and young adults face are uniquely difficult to navigate. In fact, recent national surveys have shown concerning increases in the prevalence of certain mental health challenges among young people and how some are choosing to cope. This online training will discuss the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of our youth and young adults, the coping strategies being used, how the tobacco industry has capitalized on the pandemic and contributed to the mental health crisis, and the resources schools, parents, public health professionals, and community organizations can use to support our young people.

Inside the Darkside of the Tobacco Industry and Drug Addiction

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Date:
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Time:
3:00pm – 4:30pm CT

This two-part training will feature Dr. Victor DeNoble, Ph.D. who was recruited in the 1980’s by Philip Morris to build a secret research lab and to develop a “safer” cigarette. During his time at Philip Morris, Dr. DeNoble conducted research to identify a nicotine substitute that maintained the addictive properties of nicotine while reducing cardiovascular risk.

Part one of the training exposes the dark side of working for a tobacco company and reveals discoveries of nicotine addiction while part two discusses how addiction can change the chemical makeup of the human brain as well as how the most frequently used addictive drugs, including marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamines impacts the brain. The training will also conclude with a Q&A session with Dr. DeNoble.

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The Community Prevention Program is pleased to provide the following free resources to assist schools, college campuses, and community-based organizations in their efforts to educate youth and adults about the dangers associated with using tobacco and nicotine products.

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Tobacco-Free Property Signage

Request these free property signage materials to clearly communicate your school, college campus, or place of business is a tobacco, nicotine, and vape-free location.

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Mental Health & Vaping Prevention Kit

For decades, the tobacco industry has marketed their products as a great way to relieve stress and increase mental well-being. However, nicotine makes those feels of stress, anxiety, and depression worse! This kit focuses on increasing awareness about the dangers of vaping on one’s mental health and highlights healthy strategies that one can use to boost positive mental wellness. These materials can be used in both school and community settings.

The Mental Health and Vaping Prevention Kit is out of stock; however, you can download the digital files for printing below.