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 Youth Engagement Workshops

CYAN is hosting four Regional Youth Engagement Workshops in January and February 2016.   These workshops will give local tobacco control program staff and partners the resources, tools and materials they need to effectively engage youth in community-based tobacco-free advocacy initiatives.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Sacramento, CA
Monday, February 8, 2016 in Milpitas, CA
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Fresno, CA
Monday, February 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA

More information and registration details are available here.

Upcoming College Tobacco Cessation Training

February 2, 2016 @ Santiago Canyon College (Southern California)
8:30am – 2:30pm

February 3, 2016 @ Foothill College (Northern California)
8:30am – 2:30pm

CYAN, in partnership with the Health Services Association California Community College (HSACCC), is conducting two College Tobacco Cessation Trainings in February 2016.  Each training will include two sessions. The first session will cover basic tobacco cessation topics and will be useful to individuals who are new to tobacco cessation or who are interested in refreshing their skills. The second session will cover pharmacology for tobacco cessation.  More information on these training opportunities is available here.

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 —