Advocating for a Tobacco-Free California

The California Youth Advocacy Network changes the tobacco use culture in California’s high schools, colleges and universities, military installations, and other youth and young adult communities by providing knowledge, skills, and tools to create local change for healthier communities.

News & Announcements

Upcoming Webinars from CYAN

On June 7, CYAN’s Youth Program is hosting the webinar, “Engaging Youth: Making the Most of Summer”.  The webinar will highlight strategies for strengthening youth engagement activities during the summer months.

On June 8, CYAN’s College Program is coordinating a webinar to discuss how recently adopted tobacco control laws and a proposed law, AB 1594, will impact tobacco use on college and university campuses.  The webinar will also feature information on how campuses can enforce smoke/tobacco-free policies using a current government code.

More information about these webinars is available here.

COUGH Student Advisory Board 2016-2017 Applications

CYAN is recruiting California college students to serve on the COUGH Student Advisory Board.  The Student Advisory Board is made up of undergraduate and graduate students interested in working closely with CYAN staff to provide direction for statewide college tobacco-free efforts.  More information about this opportunity and an application to apply are available here.

Youth Board of Directors 2016-2017 Applications

CYAN is pleased to announce that recruitment for the 2016-2017 Youth Board of Directors (YBOD) has begun. The YBOD provides a wonderful opportunity for Californian youth who are passionate and actively involved in anti-tobacco advocacy to have statewide leadership opportunities. More information about this opportunity and an application to apply are available here.

Tobacco Control Bills Signed by Governor

On May 4, 2016, California’s Governor signed five tobacco control bills including a new law which increases the age of sale for tobacco products to 21 and a bill that requires all K-12 schools to be tobacco-free.   All five laws will go into effect on June 9, 2016.  More information about these laws can be found here.

Assembly Bill 1594 – Smoke/Tobacco-Free College Campuses

Assemblymember McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Senator Leno (D-San Francisco) have introduced a bill that would prohibit smoking and tobacco use on all public colleges in California.  The bill, AB 1594, was approved by the full Assembly on April 25, 2016.   AB 1594 will be heard by the Senate Education Committee on June 8.