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Tobacco Youth & Community Engagement - Fall 2023




Exciting news! The South Dakota Tobacco Control Program has released the new tobacco website! I wanted to send it out to you so you can access the new information. We understand there is still some adjusting to do, so if you do find a link that is broken, or information that needs to be corrected, please let me know!

The new website is
This website will be replacing Be Free, ReThinkIt, and Find Your Power. All information will now be housed on one site! The SD Quitline will still have its own site. There is still more to come to this website to make it the best it can be for everyone, so if you don’t see something that could help, please feel free to let me know your great ideas!
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CATCH My Breath

Catch My Breath is a youth e-cigarette and vape prevention program specific to grades 5-12. The evidence-based program was shown to substantially reduce students’ likelihood of vaping in the year following program implementation. It is free to U.S. schools. Can be implemented into the classroom at any time. CATCH My Breath also has mini-lessons surrounding substance misuse for K-8 students.


Future Training Dates

  • August 21

    • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CST/ 10 a.m.-11:30am MST

  • September 12

    • 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. CST/ Noon-1:30 p.m. MST

If interested in CATCH Trainings, please email Hilary Larsen.

Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU)

TATU is a tobacco prevention program designed to help teens teach younger children about the hazards of tobacco use and the benefits of making healthy choices. TATU training is for teams of 4-10 students from grades 7-12, plus one advisor per team. The training is for NEW TATU students.  TATU training does not need to be repeated from year to year with same students.

  • Lunch and snacks will be provided during the training.

  • Travel reimbursement (mileage) and substitute reimbursement is available for schools attending.

  • TATU mini-grants are available for qualifying schools.

If interested in TATU Trainings, email Ashley Heyne.


The American Lung Association’s INDEPTH® (Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health) program is an alternative to suspension or citation program that is offered as an option to students who face suspension for violation of school tobacco or e-cigarette use policies.

This program is administered by a trained adult facilitator in either a one-on-one or group format and can be offered in a school or community-based setting. The program consists of four sessions of approximately 50 minutes geared toward youth and focused on tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and making the change to be free of all tobacco products.

Because the program is offered as an alternative to suspension or citation, attendance is mandatory in order to fulfill the obligation for the infraction. INDEPTH is not intended to be used as a prevention program (i.e., for students who are not current tobacco users).

If interested in INDEPTH Trainings,  email Miranda Stabe. 


Project SUN

The South Dakota Tobacco Control Program offers an array of evidence-based curriculums. We have been made aware of a new curriculum called Project SUN (Stop the Use of Nicotine). This curriculum is Native American focused.

This curriculum teaches the difference between traditional tobacco and commercial tobacco. To be eligible for the SUN program, a student must have used commercial tobacco in the last 30 days prior to the first session and must join the program on or before the fourth session of the curriculum. This curriculum uses traditions and teaching from Native American traditions such as learning that tobacco used in a traditional way does not involve everyday use or inhaling.

The South Dakota Tobacco Control Program wants to bring this new curriculum to the schools of South Dakota.  If you have an interest in this curriculum for your students, email Tricia Yoshida.

Other Programs


Samantha Skunk 

Scholastic: The Real Cost of Vaping

Vaping: Know the Truth

If interested in CATCH, Samantha Skunk, or Lifeskills Trainings, email Hilary Larsen or Sierra Phelps.


  • September: National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
    • Healthy Lung Month
    • Children’s Health Month
  • October 8-14: Fire Prevention Week
  • October 9: Fire Prevention Day (Annually)
  • October 23-31: Red Ribbon Week (Last week of October)


 Tobacco prevention Coordinators

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