Tobacco Education and Prevention: Youth Activism at the Local Level

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Tobacco Education and Prevention: Youth Activism at the Local Level

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Course description: Today, more than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes. Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers started smoking by age 18, and 99% started by age 26. Tobacco use by youth and young adults causes both immediate and long-term damage. One of the most serious health effects is nicotine addiction, which prolongs tobacco use and can lead to severe health consequences. The younger youth are when they start using tobacco, the more likely they’ll be addicted. This course analyzes youth initiation of tobacco products and how to effectively prevent initiation utilizing Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.

This course will examine new tobacco products and the challenges that come with them. Rates of smokeless tobacco use are no longer declining, and they appear to be increasing among some groups. Use of multiple tobacco products—including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco—is common among young people. Cigars, especially cigarette-sized cigars, are popular with youth. One out of five high school males smoke cigars and cigar use appears to be increasing among other groups. By exploring the challenges that come with new products, participants will understand and be able to identify new products as well as develop strategies to prevent youth initiation of new products.

Activities in this course will include discussions on new tobacco products, prevention at the local level and how youth and adults can work together to prevent initiation of tobacco products and encourage cessation among the tobacco user, then end with information and resources for practicing educators, parents and counselors.

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Upcoming sections:
December 9, 2018 - December 29, 2018
January 6, 2019 – January 26, 2019
February 10, 2019 – March 2, 2019
March 10, 2019 - March 30, 2019
April 14, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Course Fees (There’s No Sale Like a SNOW Sale!: $47.50/$52.50 License Renewal, $147.50/$152.50 Grad Credit now through 12/10!):

License Renewal (ISEA member) - $47.50
License Renewal (non-ISEA) - $52.50
Para credit - $47.50
Graduate Credit (ISEA member) - $147.50
Graduate Credit (non-ISEA) - $152.50
Audit - $35

If you have any questions or would like to pay with a check, please contact or call 515.381.0588.

Graduate Credit Policy
Participants are limited to 12 graduate credits per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) from Drake University.

Please allow up to two to three weeks for transcripts to be processed following a course end date. License renewal and paraeducator credit transcripts are available at following a course's completion. This transcript will represent all classes taken through ISEA over the past several years. Drake Graduate transcripts may take longer to receive and will be sent directly to the individual.

Sale Policy
Sales are honored only during the dates the sale is active at the time of your registration. We do not honor current sales for previously registered or completed courses.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
All course cancellations or requests to change credit type must be received in writing or electronically at least fourteen days prior to the class start date. All refunds requested before this deadline will be subject to a $40 cancellation fee per course cancelled. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after this deadline, however, we can move you to a future session of the same course if possible. Iowa Safe Schools and ISEA reserve the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be issued. Cancelled courses may be rescheduled at a later date.

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