Youth Cannabis and Tobacco Prevention

Youth Cannabis and Tobacco Prevention

Working to reduce the initiation and use of cannabis, commercial tobacco and Vape products by youth

The Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program’s mission is to prevent initiation and reduce cannabis and commercial tobacco use by youth, ages 12-20, support adults who influence youth, leverage resources for promoting and supporting commercial tobacco dependence treatment for all ages, and to reduce cannabis and commercial tobacco-related inequities within Washington State.  We work closely with the Department of Health and the Liquor and Cannabis Board to provide current and relative information about Cannabis, Commercial Tobacco and Vape use. 

Program Managers

Ileana Lopez-Garakani

Ileana started her career in San Francisco as a Marketing Research Assistant for one of the first Latino Newspaper called “El Mensajero”. She eventually became the Product Manager and Newspaper Spokesperson and is proud that they are still in publication thanks to her contribution.  Ileana was then recruited by Sprint Communications as the Latina Representative for the Northern California Latino market. It has always been her passion to work with and represent our Latino contribution to our newfound country and our people within our communities.  She and her husband moved from the Bay Area to Seattle and ended up at her Beloved El Centor de la Raza. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is THC? 

THC is the abbreviation for “tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the high sensation.  It can be consumed by smoking cannabis or in other forms such as oils, edibles, tinctures, etc

What is CBD?

CBD is a Cannabis derived from the THC Plant. Many different stores are now selling products including delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC and CBD, or cannabidiol. These causes people to wonder whether these compounds are legal, if they are safe to consume and which of their advertised medicinal benefits hold up to scientific scrutiny.

How do I talk to my child about Cannabis use?

Parents can help protect kids against drug use by giving them the facts before they’re in a risky situation. This can make them less likely to experiment with drugs or to rely on friends for answers.