A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience (ASPIRE) is a free, bilingual, online curriculum, fully aligned with National Education Standards, as well as with 21st Century Skills, that helps middle and high school teens learn to be tobacco free while explaining the dangers of tobacco and nicotine use.
The program is evidence-based and tackles the full range of traditional and emerging products such as e-cigs, hookah, JUUL and synthetic marijuana. Assessments are imbedded and gauge users’ knowledge before and after exposure to the curriculum.
- 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.
- Healthcare providers can refer teen patients to this engaging tobacco/nicotine resource.
- Anyone can see what ASPIRE offers to fit their needs by clicking on “ASPIRE Select.”
- User support is provided.
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How Houston kids are learning about the dangers of vaping
“Vaping has replaced cigarettes for many teens. Now some local institutions right here in Houston are taking action. DeBakey High School downtown has initiated a program called ASPIRE within their curriculum, which aims to help students learn about the dangers of vaping. The goal of the program is to keep kids engaged as they learn. Roughly 15 other school
districts in the Houston area have also signed on to utilize ASPIRE. MD Anderson reps say they hope more districts will utilize it as well, so more young vapors know what the risk is.”
Listen to and read the complete story on NPR.
ASPIRE is informing students on the dangers of vaping
“HISD students and MD Anderson Cancer researchers are partnering on a smoking and vaping prevention program. Texas has the highest number of vaping related hospital cases in the nation, with many of those involving high school students. ASPIRE is informing
students about the dangers of vaping and keeps kids engaged while they learn.”
Listen to the complete story on NPR.
El Distrito Escolar de Houston busca aumentar el conocimiento de los estudiantes sobre los riesgos del vapeo con la ayuda de el programa ASPIRE
“Las últimas cifras del Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) revelan que ya son 48 fallecidos y más de 2,200 hospitalizaciones por incidentes relacionados con el vapeo. Debido a esto, la escuela preparatoria Michael E. DeBakey, en Houston, retomó el programa ASPIRE de MD Anderson Cancer Center.”
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MD Anderson and HISD Partnership
MD Anderson and HISD partner for youth tobacco prevention program
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 100,000 HISD middle and high school students.
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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.
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