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

Colleges: Registration for Earth Day is Now Open

Please register by Friday, April 3rd for media and materials to support your campus tobacco-free Earth Day event. More information and link to register here.

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.

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.

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.

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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