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 2015, Keeping it Local

CYAN is excited to announce that our 16th annual Youth Quest event will be held on March 18, 2015. This year the event will have a local focus, while maintaining a coordinated statewide message. More information is available here.

CYAN Needs Assessment

CYAN is seeking feedback on youth and young adult-related training and technical assistance needs. The purpose of this assessment is to collect thoughts on CYAN’s youth, college, and military programs, as well as identify needs for new and/or revised resources, trainings, and technical assistance.  The assessment will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your response will remain anonymous, unless you decide otherwise or choose to receive more information about CYAN’s programs and activities.  The Needs Assessment can be accessed anytime up until Friday, November 21, 2014.

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.

Webinar Opportunity: Calculating Tobacco Retailer Licensing Fees

ChangeLab Solutions is offering a webinar for local communities on calculating tobacco retailer licensing fees. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, November 13 at 11:00am PST.  The presentation will provide background information on TRL fees and demonstrate how ChangeLab’s new TRL calculator can be used to gel local jurisdictions calculate an appropriate fee.  Registration for this webinar is now open.

Hookah Webinar: Insights into the New Tobacco Epidemic Among Adolescents and Young Adults

On November 5, CYAN hosted a webinar on hookah use and it’s impact on youth and young adult communities.  The webinar, presented by Mary Rezk-Hanna, included an overview of hookah, background and epidemiology, evidence-based toxicology and health effects, an overview of existing policies, and a discussion on ideas and interventions to reduce use in youth and young adult communities.  The recorded webinar and copies of the presentation slides are now available.  To view other archived webinars, visit our Trainings and Events page.

Legacy Announces Funding Opportunity for Community Colleges

Legacy has launched a competitive process to provide grants up to $5,000 each to 100 public community colleges across the country to support their efforts to advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100% smoke or tobacco-free college policy.  The deadline to apply for funding is November 13, 2014 at 6:00pm (ET).  Awards will be announced in early February and funded projects are scheduled to begin March 1, 2015.  For more information, visit Legacy’s website.

Support the SECNAV Proposal to Ban Tobacco Sales

In March 2014, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced a proposal to prohibit the sale of tobacco products at all Navy and Marine Corps commissaries and exchanges.   Secretary Mabus has received some pushback on his proposal by members of Congress and, at this point, he needs support from civilians, military families, public health advocates, and Veterans.  To learn more about the SECNAV’s proposal and send a letter showing your support for his efforts to eliminate the sale of tobacco on military installations, visit

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