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

Upcoming Events

Great American Smokeout (Colleges and Universities)
CYAN supports colleges and universities throughout California in their efforts to promote smoke/tobacco-free policies and tobacco cessation on this important day. If you are planning to host a Great American Smokeout event on a college campus, or work with a college that is planning to host an event, CYAN will provide media (electronic), print and electronic educational materials, and quit kits to support your event. Registration for the 2016 Great American Smokeout is open through October 31, 2016.

Veterans Day and Great American Smokeout (Military Communities)
CYAN’s military program, Project UNIFORM, will be providing support to local organizations and communities hosting smoke/tobacco-free Veterans Day events and/or Great American Smokeout activities.  Agencies interested in hosting a local event can receive an event toolkit and free materials, including quit kits and Facebook advertisements.  The toolkit includes a variety of materials including fact sheets, suggested event ideas, sample social media posts, and more.  Registration for the 2016 events is open through October 31, 2016.

Youth Quest 2017!
Mark your calendars! The California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN) is pleased to  host Youth Quest 2017 on Monday, March 13, 2017.  At Youth Quest 2017, youth participants will learn about current tobacco control priorities; receive training on meeting with legislators; participate in a march, rally, and youth-led press conference at the State Capitol; and visit with their legislator(s).

CYAN Needs Assessment

We are conducting an assessment to collect your thoughts on CYAN’s youth, college, and military programs; identify needs for new or revised resources, trainings, and technical assistance; and evaluate local engagement of youth and young adults. The online survey can be accessed here. It will be open until Friday, October 21st. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Smoke/Tobacco-Free Policy Report Card for Colleges

CYAN, in partnership with COUGH student advocates, has released the California Public College and University Smoke/Tobacco-Free Report Card.  The Report reviews and assesses current tobacco use policies on all 146 public colleges and universities in the state.  More information about the Report is available here.

Assembly Bill 1594 – Smoke/Tobacco-Free College Campuses

We’re sad to share that Governor Brown has vetoed AB 1594, a bill that would have made all public colleges and universities in California 100% smoke/tobacco-free.  The Governor’s veto message states he believes colleges and universities are capable of setting their own smoking policies.  The full letter from the Governor is here.

While we are disappointed that AB 1594 was not signed, we are hopeful the amazing work of advocates in California will continue.  Please know, if you are in the midst of a smoke/tobacco-free policy campaign on your campus or are planning to start one, you are not alone nor do you need to do your work alone.  CYAN is here to support your efforts and we’re available to assist you with all of your adoption, implementation, and enforcement/compliance activities.