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

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 is available here.

Earth Day 2016

College campuses throughout California are preparing to celebrate smoke/tobacco-free Earth Day events.  More information on Earth Day 2016 and resources to support tobacco-free Earth Day activities are available 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, is heading to a full vote by the Assembly.

New Educational Materials – Hookah Fact Cards

CYAN is pleased to release a new educational material on hookah myths and realities.  The cards are designed to educate youth and young adults on the dangers of smoking hookahs. The new material includes five common myths and realities about hookah use.  These cards are available for free to California colleges and universities, tobacco control agencies, coalitions, and high schools.  To order the cards, please submit an Educational Materials Order Form to CYAN.

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 —