October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week, a national drug and tobacco prevention campaign observed annually.

During Red Ribbon Week the country unites to keep children, schools and communities safe, healthy and drug-free. It’s a cause everyone should support, ­and it’s a perfect opportunity to educate students on the importance of being tobacco free.

This year’s theme is “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free,” and there are tons of ways to participate.

Schools can:

  • Talk to students about being drug and tobacco free.
  • Pass out red ribbons for students and staff to wear.
  • Coordinate a Red Ribbon pep rally.
  • Create T-shirts or wear stickers.
  • Incorporate drug prevention curriculum throughout the week.
  • Plan an essay and poster contest about drug and tobacco prevention.
  • Create theme days and coordinate fun and impactful prevention activities.
  • Decorate homeroom doors.

Learn more at RedRibbon.org, and be sure to check out some of these tobacco-free resources below!

Just like teachers and administrators, parents play an influential role in preventing kids from using tobacco. In honor of Red Ribbon Week, StopsWithMe.com is offering useful tips and conversation starters to help parents talk to their kids about tobacco. Learn more here.