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

Save the Date: Youth Quest 2018

Youth Quest, an annual event hosted by CYAN to celebrate and promote youth advocacy in tobacco control, is scheduled for Monday, March 19, 2018. Youth Quest provides an opportunity for youth advocates to demonstrate their commitment to a tobacco-free California, learn about current tobacco control efforts, and build their advocacy skills by sharing their local work with legislators.  The application period for the upcoming event is open until December 22.  For specific details on the event, please visit the Youth Quest FAQ page.

New Educational Materials for Youth and Young Adults

CYAN has developed new print educational materials for youth and young adults on blunts, smokeless tobacco, and cigars (for military audiences).  These materials are currently available at no cost to tobacco control programs, colleges and universities, health clinics, and military installations working with young people.  Additionally, a fact card on the environmental impact of tobacco waste and rationale for smoke/tobacco-free college policies was created. All print materials can be ordered by completing an Educational Material Request Form.  Request forms as well as more details about the new resources and all other CYAN educational materials are available here.

Freeing Veterans from Tobacco Toolkit Now Available

Project UNIFORM has developed a Toolkit to assist programs and clinics serving Veteran populations in creating or strengthening tobacco treatment programs. The toolkit is available for download on the Project UNIFORM website or CYAN can send California providers a printed and bound copy.

2017 California College and University Smoke/Tobacco-Free Policy Report Card

The 2017 Report Card has been released with positive news for California colleges and universities.  Since the release of the first Report Card in 2016, California has seen an increase in the number of public colleges with 100% smoke or tobacco-free policies from 38% to 51%.  More information and findings from the Report Card are available here.