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

New Educational Materials for Youth and Young Adults

CYAN has developed new print educational materials for youth and young adults on blunts, smokeless tobacco, and cigars (for military audiences).  These materials are currently available at no cost to tobacco control programs, colleges and universities, health clinics, and military installations working with young people.  Additionally, a fact card on the environmental impact of tobacco waste and rationale for smoke/tobacco-free college policies was created. All print materials can be ordered by completing an Educational Material Request Form.  Request forms as well as more details about the new resources and all other CYAN educational materials are available here.

Freeing Veterans from Tobacco Toolkit Now Available

Project UNIFORM has developed a Toolkit to assist programs and clinics serving Veteran populations in creating or strengthening tobacco treatment programs. The toolkit is available for download on the Project UNIFORM website or CYAN can send California providers a printed and bound copy.

2017 California College and University Smoke/Tobacco-Free Policy Report Card

The 2017 Report Card has been released with positive news for California colleges and universities.  Since the release of the first Report Card in 2016, California has seen an increase in the number of public colleges with 100% smoke or tobacco-free policies from 38% to 51%.  More information and findings from the Report Card are available here.

Report from the Field: The Flavor Trap

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids recently released a report that documents how tobacco companies are luring youth with candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars, and how scientific evidence demonstrates that flavors play a critical role in the popularity and use of these products among youth.  You can read the full report here.

California’s Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community

In partnership with local county health departments, the California Department of Public Health released statewide data on tobacco sales in the retail environment.  Data collection activities were part of the Health Stores for a Health Community Campaign.  Findings reveal  approximately 82% of California retailers are selling flavored non-cigarette tobacco products, products commonly used by youth and young adults.  More statewide and local data can be found on the Campaign’s website.