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 Quest 2016

Youth Quest is an annual event hosted by CYAN to celebrate and promote youth advocacy in tobacco control. 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 2016 event will be held on March 14.  More information at the event as well as registration information is available on the Youth Quest page.

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 —

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.