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Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention

ISTEP is a statewide network of youth in Iowa, which includes an Executive Council of youth members including a President, Vice President, Secretary, three voting Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Commission members, and an open statewide membership to all Iowa youth in grades 7-12. ISTEP was started by high school students who were tired of tobacco hurting them and their families. Those teens, saw that tobacco hurts families and lives. We believe our lives and bodies are Worth Fighting For and we choose to be tobacco free. 


ISTEP is Youth-Led (and adult supported)

ISTEP is a student-led organization; meaning youth creatively formulate the ideas, learn a 5 step planning process and follow through with the implementation of their planning. The messages and content of an ISTEP chapter need to come from the students. This doesn’t mean that the sponsor or the administrator can’t give suggestions or veto activities but the youth should be coming up with the activities or ideas that the chapter does. It should be youth planned and led, while adult supported. 

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Iowa Dept. of Public Health

Contact Us

Iowa Department of Public Health
Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Phone: 515-281-6225

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