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

Efforts to Eliminate Tobacco Discounts on Military Installations

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has introduced a proposal to eliminate tobacco price discounts for products sold at military commissaries and exchanges.  Today’s proposal made in the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, is being supported by leading public health organizations.  For more information on military tobacco issues, visit

Youth perspective on little cigars

Elliot, a CYAN Youth Board Member, has written an op-ed discussing his opinion on this lesser known relative of the cigarette.

Opportunities with the CYAN College Program

CYAN is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 COUGH Student Advisory Board. The Board works closely with CYAN staff to provide direction for statewide college tobacco-free efforts. COUGH Advisory Board members serve one-year terms from July 1 to June 30. Interested in serving on the COUGH Student Advisory Board?  The application period for the 2014-15 academic year is currently open. Deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 COUGH Student Advisory Board is June 15, 2014.

FDA Releases Proposed E-Cigarette Regulation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released their proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco, and other unregulated tobacco and nicotine products.  The proposed rule would set a minimum purchase age on these products, require health warnings, and prevent vending machine sales.  The full deeming tobacco products report and a press release on the proposal are available on the FDA website.

CYAN is now accepting applications for 2014-2015 Youth Board of Directors

Click on this link for more information. Please share with high school advocates looking to be involved in tobacco prevention at a statewide level. Deadline is Friday, May 30th, 2014.

California Department of Education Calls on K-12 Schools to Prohibit E-Cigarettes

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction has called on all California K-12 schools to include e-cigarettes and other vape products in their tobacco-free policies.  Superintendent Tom Torlakson sent a letter to all County and District Superintendents as well as Charter School Administrators urging them to ban the use of electronic nicotine delivery devices (with or without nicotine) on district-owned and leased property at all time.

New Survey Results Detail Tobacco Sales in California Communities

Data released by the California Department of Public Health reveal a large number of stores continue to sell flavored tobacco, e-cigarettes, and other products that are attractive to youth and young adults.  Statewide, 79.4% of the 7,393 surveyed stores sell flavored non-cigarette tobacco products.  More information about the results and the Healthy Stores for a Health Community Campaign are available at

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.

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.

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