ASPIRE is a free, bilingual, online tool that helps middle and high school teens learn about being tobacco free. It explains the dangers of tobacco and nicotine use, so they never start smoking. Or, if they already do, it gives information and ways to quit.
- Students can earn a certificate of completion upon finishing the program. Click on “Student Log In” to begin.
- Teachers/Administrators can see students’ progress by logging in to the Admin site.
- Parents can help their teens be tobacco and nicotine free.
- Healthcare providers can refer teen patients to this free tobacco/nicotine resource.
- Anyone can see what ASPIRE offers to fit your needs by clicking on “ASPIRE Select.”
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) have reached a first-of-its-kind agreement to provide access to an evidence-based, youth-oriented tobacco prevention and cessation program for all 110,000 HISD middle and high school students. A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience (ASPIRE) will be made available in English and Spanish through HISD’s online learning and teaching platform...
Lauren McCoy, ASPIRE Program Manager
Shumeka Johnson, ASPIRE Program Coordinator
DSRIP ASPIRE (Houston region)
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.