While ASPIRE was created over 20 years ago, the program was revised and updated in January 2018 (version 2.0). This update was generously supported by the Hildebrand Foundation.
In this latest version, students travel through interactive modules and complete quizzes. They will hear testimonials from former smokers, health care professionals and cancer survivors. The ASPIRE curriculum is available in English and Spanish and aligns with both national education standards and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
ASPIRE is a tobacco prevention program. It was not designed to be used as an alternative to suspension for students that have violated campus tobacco policies. It is also not a cessation tool for students currently using tobacco products. If you are an educator in need of resources for students currently using tobacco products, take a look at the free resources below:
Help Students Quit:
•This is Quitting. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is proud to partner with the Truth Initiative to offer This is Quitting to Texas young people ages 13-24. Youth can text VAPEFREETX to 88709 to receive free, anonymous, 24/7 support through this program. Parents of young vapers can text QUIT to 202-899-7550 to receive messages designed specifically for them, including tips and advice for helping to support their young person quit. If you would like to receive materials to promote This is Quitting, complete this interest form.
Alternatives to Suspension:
•MY Healthy Future (Alternative-to-Suspension). The MY Healthy Future Course, from Stanford Medicine, is part of the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit’s Healthy Futures Program. This course is for any student caught using tobacco/vaping on school campus, or anyone working with students who want to quit. This new, online, self-paced course can be completed independently by students in 40-60 minutes.
• INDEPTH. Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) is a new, convenient alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way. Instead of solely focusing on punitive measures, INDEPTH is an interactive program that teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the unhealthy addiction that got them in trouble in the first place.
Interested in bringing ASPIRE to your students? Complete the ASPIRE Interest Survey and a team member will be in touch shortly.
Educators currently using ASPIRE can reach the ASPIRE team during business hours at 713-745-6252. Please leave a voicemail and we will contact you within two business days.
What Students Have to Say about ASPIRE
say they learned new facts about tobacco from ASPIRE
say that ASPIRE influenced them to lead a tobacco free lifestyle
have a greater understanding of how tobacco use affects their health after taking ASPIRE
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This website is based on the school curriculum called ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience) developed by MD Anderson Cancer Center with assistance from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Funding has been provided by the National Cancer Institute, the George & Barbara Bush Endowment for Innovative Cancer Research and Tobacco Settlement Funds. ASPIRE has been thoroughly reviewed and included in the NCI's RTIPs database as an evidence-based program as well as being endorsed by SAMHSA and the Cochrane Review.