Preventing youth from smoking cigarettes is crucial in keeping them smoke-free for a lifetime. The Chicago Department of Public Health implements Project Towards No Tobacco Use (Project TNT) prevention program to middle age youth in schools and community-based organizations. The curriculum is evidence-based and has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because it addresses all of the National Health Education Standards. For more information on how to request Project TNT, please contact Fatina Lopez at 312-747-9752 or the tobacco control program at 312-747-2138.
Project TNT curriculum provides facts about the effects of tobacco use. There are ten core sessions. (Some of the sessions can be combined.) The sessions can be delivered between 45-50 minutes spreading over as many as 5-8 weeks. The participants learn how to actively listen, develop coping skills related to tobacco use, increase their self esteem, and become social activists as they write tobacco-control letters and other empowering skills to help them make an open commitment to not use tobacco products.