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

CYAN Recruiting Youth Board of Directors

The application for the 2015-2016 Youth Board of Directors is now available.  This is a great opportunity for high school youth who are actively engaged in tobacco control to gain experience and develop leadership skills.  If you are interested serving on the Youth Board, please click here for the application.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, June 5, 2015.

CYAN Recruiting COUGH Student Advisory Board Members

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.  Advisory Board members will: assist in planning statewide activities, days of action, and trainings; have the opportunity to facilitate workshops at conferences, trainings, and events; and represent local tobacco control initiatives on a system-wide and statewide level. Interested students can apply at

California Department of Public Health Launches New E-Cigarette Media Campaign

CDPH has released a new advertising campaign to counter the surge of e-cigarettes.  The campaign, Wake Up, exposes the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, dispels some of the misinformation about e-cigarettes, and shines a light on the marketing practices being used by e-cigarette companies and Big Tobacco to sell these highly addictive products and attract a new generation into a life-time of nicotine addiction.  The campaign includes two TV ads (Kids Aren’t Alright and What Could Go Wrong) and a comprehensive website —

Sonoma State Adopts 100% Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

Congratulations to Sonoma State for adopting a 100% Tobacco-Free policy. The new policy, which prohibits the use of all smoke and tobacco products, including e-cigarettes,  will be phased in. Between February and June 2015, tobacco products will be limited to use in parking lots only. Effective July 1, 2015  the use of tobacco products will not be allowed anywhere on campus owned or leased properties or vehicles.

California State Health Officer Issues Health Advisory and New E-Cigarette Report

The California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Office Dr. Ron Chapman issue a Health Advisory and the “State Health Officers Report on E-cigarettes: A Community Health Threat.”  The advisory and report warn California’s of the toxicity of e-cigarettes.

San Jose State Adopts at 100% Tobacco-Free Policy

Congratulations to San Jose State University. In honor of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday November 20, 2014, SJSU President Mo Qayoumi announced the adoption of a 100% Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus Policy. This policy will go into effect in August, 1 2015, at which point no tobacco products, including e-cigarettes will be permitted to be used on campus property.

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