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​​​​​​​​​​​Establishing safe and healthy behaviors for medicine usage, household products, and exposure to secondhand, and even third-hand smoke (residual nicotine and other chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke) is important for a lifetime of healthy practices and accident prevention beyond kindergarten. After exploring various reasons for using medicines such as being sick, students learn that medicines can be helpful or harmful. Students learn that doctors recommend medicines for people when they are sick or to help them feel better.

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Information and Resources

California Department of Education (CDE’s) Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

The purpose of the TUPE program is to reduce youth tobacco use by helping young people make healthful tobacco-related decisions through educational instruction and activities that build knowledge as well as social skills and youth development assets.​

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association​ provides information about vaping and tobacco cessation. ​

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association provides information on lung health, vaping, and tobacco cessation.​​

American Cancer Society

Information on getting help quitting, the Great American Smokeout, cancer and tobacco, smoke-free communities, and keeping your kids smoke free.​

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Poison Control Center resources on how to avoid accidental poisonings. ​

Smoking Isn’t Cool Toolkit - Ontario Canada Health Department

​The "Smoking Isn't Cool" toolkit was created to provide teachers with smoking prevention teaching material for students in Kindergarten ​to Grade 5.​​

American Association of Poison Control Centers

The American Association of Poison Control Centers offer education and resources on accidental poisoning prevention. ​​

Curriculum and Lessons

Generation Rx - Safe Medication Practices For Life

Prescription and over-the-counter medicines are typically accessible and visible in our homes, and children should understand prescription and over-the-counter medication safety at an early age. This is a collection of age-appropriate, engaging resources that educate children about medication safety principles. Some activities may be better suited for younger children (grades K-2), while others may be more appropriate for older students (grades 3-5).

Book List

Kindergarten - Grade 3

Classroom Activities


​Partnering with the Family​​

  • Share American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society resources with families​.

​​Partnering with your School​​​

  • ​Have the school nurse visit to talk about medicine safety.
  • Partner with school librarians to develop health content reading lists. 
  • Students create posters about the dangers of second-hand smoke to be displayed around campus. 
  • Students create informative health posters identifying refusal skills when confronted with peer pressure to use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

​​Partnering with your Community​​

  • Invite guest speakers from the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and/or the local poison control center. Ask for materials in multiple languages​.
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