T.A.T.U. Iowa

American Lung Association in Iowa
2530 73rd Street
Des Moines, IA 50322


Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.) is a program that allows students ages 14-17 to mentor youngsters about the dangers of smoking.  Research indicates that teens enjoy opportunities to positively influence their younger counterparts.  Consequently, this mentoring also serves to reinforce their decisions to remain smoke-free.  Evidence suggests that peer-led programs such as T.A.T.U. are more effective in reducing tobacco use among youth.

Facilitator Training
The American Lung Association in Iowa offers facilitator training for the Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.) program. The facilitator training will prepare individuals to conduct the program using the respective curriculum and materials. Trainings are scheduled on an “as needed” basis, when 10 or more people are interested.  Note: There is a maximum of 20 participants.

About the Program
T.A.T.U. is a tobacco education and prevention program employing a peer teaching model as the delivery mechanism to teach young people about tobacco and how to become advocates for tobacco-free communities. It is designed to help teens develop strong leadership skills while influencing younger children to live tobacco-free lifestyles. To lead a group of teens, adult facilitators must be tobacco-free for at least 12 months and attend a T.A.T.U. facilitator training workshop. The training provides professional development to prepare the adult facilitator with tools and materials to implement the program. Adult facilitators then present a tobacco education workshop for teens where they are given the framework to create and present a tobacco-free message to younger students and develop action plans to become tobacco-free advocates in their communities.

Small Breakfast and Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Cost Per Person:
$250.00 will pay for the cost of your registration, lunch, and training materials

The participant fee covers:

  • Facilitator Training
  • Facilitator Curriculum
  • Sample Teen Workbook and additional resources and program materials
  • Certificate of participation
  • Continental breakfast and lunch

Cancellation Policy

When you cancel registration for this training 7 days or more before the training date, you will receive a full refund. No refunds are granted less than 2 days before the training date.

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) reserves the right to cancel or postpone any training should minimum number of registrants not be met or due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event that ALAUM must cancel or postpone this training, we will fully refund the registration fee, but are not responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline, travel or lodging agencies.

To become a Facilitator, a person must:

  • Be someone who has not used any tobacco product in the last year
  • Be experienced in and comfortable with conducting group programs
  • Attend the one-day T.A.T.U. Facilitator Training Workshop conducted by the American Lung Association
  • Complete and abide by the Facilitators Agreement Form
  • Submit required evaluation components to the American Lung Association

For more information, please contact Megan Aucutt at (515) 309-9507 or Megan.Aucutt@LungIA.org.