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
Tobacco Free Policy Rationale
CYAN’s Tobacco Free Policy Rationale document is now available. This document outlines the background and support for tobacco-free college policies as well as addresses frequently asked questions brought up about these types of policies. The Tobacco Free Policy Rationale serves as a tool for advocates promoting tobacco-free policies on college and university campuses.
New AB 795 Fact Sheet
We are pleased to announce the new fact sheet, Understanding AB 795: Using Citations and Fines to Enforce Smokefree Campus Policies in California’s Public Colleges and Universities. This document, created in collaboration between CYAN and ChangeLab Solutions offers in-depth information on the law, including it’s background, components of the law, frequently asked questions, an overview of campuses who may be using the law, and a sample tobacco-free policy which includes language on issuing citations with AB 795.
FDA Launches Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaign
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched “The Real Cost” Campaign, a national campaign designed to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use. The campaign, which targets at-risk 12-17 year olds, will launch on multiple media platforms on February 11. More information about the campaign is available here.
San Joaquin Delta College Announces 100% Tobacco Free Policy
San Joaquin Delta College recently announced their approval of a policy that eliminates their previous designated areas (parking lots) policy in favor of a 100% tobacco free campus policy. This new policy, which goes into effect July 1, 2014 after a six month grace period will prohibit the use of all tobacco products on campus, including electronic cigarettes. The campus will actively promote cessation, and has also established a plan for enforcement. See the story here.
New Survey Shows U.S. Youth Smoking Rates Fell to Record Lows in 2013
Survey results from the annual Monitoring the Future study reveal that smoking among teens has dropped from 10.6 percent to 9.6 percent. More information about youth smoking rates as well as use of other tobacco control products can be found here.
Sac State Adopts a 100% Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy
The second CSU this week, Sac State has announced the signing of their new smoke and tobacco-free policy yesterday afternoon. This policy is set to go into effect Fall of 2015. More information about the policy is expected soon.
San Diego State University Adopts 100% Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy
San Diego State University has announced their campus will be 100% smoke and tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. SDSU is the first California State University (CSU) campuses to adopt and implement a 100% smoke/tobacco-free policy. The policy also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes on campus. More information about the policy can be found at smokefree.sdsu.edu.
Youth Video on E-Cigarette Use
Youth Radio, a media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology, recently released a video on teen use of e-cigarettes. The video features voices of young teens as well as comments from Alameda County. The video can be viewed here.
New Study on Emerging Hookah Use Among University Students
Researchers from the University of Florida have found that hookah smoking on college campuses have exceeded cigarette smoking for both ever use and past year use. The full study can be accessed here.