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Prevention Education

The goal of prevention education is:
  • To encourage our youth to be tobacco, alcohol and drug free by promoting healthy choices and lifestyles
  • To help create a healthier, happier alcohol, tobacco and drug free community now and for our future

While the funding for this particular department originally started off aimed at youth, we have discovered that parents and even educators themselves are finding our program informational and educational.  We are constantly searching for the "fad facts" on the latest trends for things like e-cigarettes, "molly" and bathsalts.  We answer those odd questions like "What is a skittles party?" or "Will I know if my child is using drugs or alcohol?"  We are able to show participants both young and old(er) what some of these products look like, how they may be disguised, and some of the signs to look for that someone you know may be experimenting with one or more.  

We go beyond the "Just Say No" and try to teach kids the "Why" and the "How" by helping them realize that there is always an "Out." We help them start thinking about how they are going to react to many of the situations they will someday be facing.  We encourage parent involvement and provide parent/educator courses as well as the state mandated classes we teach within the schools.  
Questions? Concerns?
Please contact:
Keshawn Johnson, Prevention Education Coordinator
(530) 283-6500 ext. 5227
or email kjohnson@pcoe.k12.ca.us   

Watch: Tobacco, Vaping, and Marijuana – A Parent's Guide

The Prevention Department has coordinated programs with the School District, County Office of Education, and other agencies as seen below:
  • Plumas County Sheriff’s Office
  • California Highway Patrol
  • U.S. Forestry
  • Plumas County Juvenile Probation
  • Foster Youth Education Summit
  • Foster Youth Leadership Camp
  • Plumas Crisis Intervention Response Center
  • Indian Valley Youth Summit
  • Plumas County Literacy Program
  • Mountain Valley Child Development
  • County Health Department
  • Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce
  • University of California Cooperative Extension
  • 4H Camp and Thrive Youth Development
  • Plumas County Community Pools
  • Feather River College
  • Drama Works  
  • Sweet Youth Programs
  • Growing and Glowing Youth Club
  • RoundHouse Council
  • Plumas County Elks Lodge                                                                        
Proposition 99 (Prop 99):
  • The Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988 (also known as Prop 99), was approved by California Voters.
  • Increased the state cigarette tax by 25 cents per pack and added an equivalent amount on other tobacco products.
Proposition 56 (Prop 56)
  • California voters overwhelmingly passed the California Healthcare, Research, and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop 56) in 2016.
  • Prop 56 increased the cigarette tax from $0.87 to $2.87 per pack. The initiative also increased the tax on other tobacco products by an equivalent amount, including electronic smoking devices for the first time.
The TUPE program provides funding for programs in grades K-12 for tobacco-specific student instruction, reinforcement activities, special events, and intervention programs for students.
Plumas County Office of Education, School District, and Schools have been certified by the California Department of Education as having met the Tobacco Free School District criteria.                                
The Prevention Department participates, sponsors, and/or assists programs for Teen Suicide, Bullying, At Risk and Foster Youth.
We are a large sponsor for our high schools “Safe, Sober and Tobacco Free” Grad night.