Previous News & Announcements

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.

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.

Webinar on Tobacco Industry’s Influence on the Military

CYAN/Project UNIFORM is hosting a webinar on September 4 at 10:00am to highlight how the tobacco industry has influenced military tobacco use and what you can do about it.  Register for this webinar now.

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.

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.

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.

Earth Day is April 22, 2014

Colleges throughout California are hosting tobacco-free Earth Day celebrations. CYAN is offering downloadable resources including a turnkey kit, ads, and recommendations for conducting litter cleanups. We encourage everyone to use #TobaccoFreeEarthDay when posting about these celebrations on social media sites. Conducting a cigarette butt litter cleanup on campus? Send us your total numbers so we can compile statewide cleanup data. Celebrate the Earth, Live Tobacco Free!

San Joaquin Delta College Announces 100% Tobacco Free Policy

San Joaquin Delta College recently announced their approval of a policy that eliminates their previous designated areas (parking lots) policy in favor of a 100% tobacco free campus policy. This new policy, which goes into effect July 1, 2014 after a six month grace period will prohibit the use of all tobacco products on campus, including electronic cigarettes. The campus will actively promote cessation, and has also established a plan for enforcement. See the story here.

Sac State Adopts a 100% Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy

The second CSU this week, Sac State has announced the signing of their new smoke and tobacco-free policy yesterday afternoon. This policy is set to go into effect Fall of 2015. More information about the policy is expected soon.

San Diego State University Adopts 100% Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy

San Diego State University has announced their campus will be 100% smoke and tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014.  SDSU is the first California State University (CSU) campuses to adopt and implement a 100% smoke/tobacco-free policy. The policy also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes on campus.  More information about the policy can be found at

Youth Video on E-Cigarette Use

Youth Radio, a media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology, recently released a video on teen use of e-cigarettes.  The video features voices of young teens as well as comments from Alameda County.  The video can be viewed here.

New Study on Emerging Hookah Use Among University Students

Researchers from the University of Florida have found that hookah smoking on college campuses have exceeded cigarette smoking for both ever use and past year use.  The full study can be accessed here.

Democratic Leaders Warn of Dangers of E-Cigarette Advertising Targeting Youth

Representatives Waxman, DeGette, and Pallone have sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning that electronic cigarette companies are targeting youth with the same advertising and marketing practices that cigarette companies used to addict teen smokers.  In addition to the letter sent by the Ranking Members to FDA, the members also released an online presentation that shows how current e-cigarette advertising is similar to  ads once used by cigarette companies to attract youth smokers.

2013-2014 College Strategy Exchange Now Available

Strategy Exchange webinars provide advocates with an opportunity to hear updates from other colleges and universities, share updates, and discuss strategy.  A total of six strategy exchange webinars are held throughout the academic year.

E-cigarette use has more than doubled among middle and high school students

New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the percentage of middle and high school students in the U.S. who have used e-cigarettes has more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

Study finds college tobacco-free policies decrease smokeless tobacco use

A new study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research concludes that 100% tobacco-free policies on college campuses are effective in decreasing smokeless tobacco use among students.

Project UNIFORM Veterans Day 2013 Toolkit is Available

Project UNIFORM is happy to offer a toolkit for those honoring those who have served our country. Veterans Day is a special day in the United States. It is the day that we pay tribute to those who honorably served our country during war or peace time. We hope this toolkit will help installations and communities alike have successful Veterans Day events. To download a copy of the toolkit, please click here.

“Tobacco and Its Impact in My Community” Photo Contest

The California Department of Public Health has announced a photo contest to promote awareness of how the present of tobacco is still a problem in California.  Middle and high school school students are strongly encouraged to enter the contest.  More information about the contest is available here.

Registration Now Open for Veterans Day 2013

CYAN and Project UNIFORM support Veterans Day outreach events on military installations and communities throughout California.  To receive a toolkit and materials that can be distributed at events, please register here by 30 October 2013:

Registration Now Open for the Great American Smokeout

CYAN supports outreach events on college campuses for this statewide day of action. To see opportunities for this year’s Great American Smokeout, please check here.

Electronic Cigarettes and College Campuses Webinar

Join the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN) on October 9, 2013 at 2:00pm for an interactive webinar on the use and presence of electronic cigarettes on California college and university campuses.  The webinar will include an overview of electronic nicotine delivery devices (e.g., e-cigarettes), a summary of the science on these products, a discussion on the use of e-cigarettes for cessation, and recommendations for inclusion of e-products in college tobacco-free policies.

More information and registration available here.

New COUGH Student Advisory Board members selected

CYAN is pleased to welcome eight new undergraduate students to the COUGH Student Advisory Board.  The new student leaders join nine returning Advisory Board member, five members who are current students and four individuals that are recent graduates of a  California university.   More information about the COUGH Advisory Board and its new members can be found under “June 2013” on the College Program’s Advocacy Updates page.

Deadline for Youth Board of Directors extended to June 14th.

The Youth Board of Directors is made of dedicated tobacco-free advocates from high schools throughout the state. It is an excellent way to work with other teens to fight big tobacco in California, and in your local community. The application period for 2013-2014 is currently open.

Celebrate World No Tobacco Day on May 31st!

This year’s theme is Tobacco Advertising, Promotions, and Sponsorship. Spread the word prevent youth targeting by the tobacco industry. Write a letter to the editor or op-ed (or adapt our sample). Share a Facebook status update or Tweet (#notobacco). Check out for more information.

ARTshowcase 2013 winners announced!

The first annual Art Resisting Tobacco Showcase was a great success. Thanks to all those who submitted entries and to those who voted for the top 2 at Youth Quest 2013. Click here to see the winners.

CSU Announces Plan for Tobacco-Free System

The California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor has announced its plans to make the 23 campus system 100% tobacco-free.  The announcement was released in response to the CSU Academic Senate’s January resolution supporting a 100% tobacco-free systemwide policy.  No date has been set on when the system will go tobacco-free; however, the Chancellor has stated he will create a special taskforce to move the policy agenda forward.  A report on the proposed policy is expected before the end of this calendar year.

UCLA Launches Tobacco-Free Policy

UCLA is the first University of California campus to become 100% tobacco-free.  The new policy launched on April 22 as the University celebrates Earth Day.  A tobacco-free policy launch event is being held on Monday, April 22 from 11:00am – 1:00pm in Bruin Plaza.  For more information about UCLA’s policy, visit

Tobacco Waste Reduction Toolkit Unveiled

The California Tobacco Control Program has recently unveiled the Tobacco Waste Reduction Toolkit.  The Toolkit is intended to mobilize communities, including tobacco control advocates, environmental groups, businesses, and local governments, to address discarded cigarette butts in the environment.  The Toolkit includes tips and steps for successful cleanup surveys, strengthening partnerships, and how to educate and advocate for tobacco-free policies. The Tobacco Waste Reduction Toolkit is a compilation of past successes, lessons learned, statewide resources, templates, a how-to guide for geographic information systems, and so much more!

College Campuses Throughout CA Celebrate Earth Day

Over 62 public and private colleges throughout California are celebrating Earth Day by promoting a tobacco-free environment.  To learn if your local college is hosting an Earth Day event, contact Beth Olagues at  Statewide Press Release

Youth Quest 2013 – April 8, 2013

600+ California teens met in Sacramento to educate state legislators on tobacco’s impact on state.  Event Information

Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI) Officially Launched September 12, 2012

On September 12, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, and University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman—together with tobacco policy experts and educational leaders—announced the national Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative at the U-M School of Public Health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI) to promote and support the adoption and implementation of tobacco-free policies at universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher learning across the United States. An archived video of the announcement broadcast is available here.

U.S. Surgeon General Releases Report on Youth and Young Adult Tobacco Use

Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin has released a report on the epidemic of smoking among youth and young adults.  To view the full report or a summary of findings, visit

Secretary of the Navy Announces Strengthening of Navy and Marine Corps Tobacco Policy

On 2 March 2012, the Secretary of the Navy sent out a memorandum stating that the Navy and Marine Corps tobacco policy will be strengthened by the end of this fiscal year.  The Memorandum affects access to FDA-approved NRTs, pricing at base exchanges, and formal tobacco awareness training to include recruits. For more information, visit here.

University of California Announces Tobacco-Free Policy

On January 9, 2012, the University of California Office of the President announced all UC campuses, medical centers, and national labs will be tobacco-free by 2014. To learn more about the policy, visit

LinkedIn Fact Sheets

Check out the new LinkedIn Fact Sheets for Tobacco Control at

College and Community College Strategy Exchange Webinar Schedule Now Available

Strategy Exchange webinars provide advocates with an opportunity to hear updates from other colleges and universities, share updates, and discuss strategy. See the 2012-2013 schedule, and register for webinars here.

COUGH Cessation Student Advocates Training Now Available

This training series, consisting on six online, self paced sessions was developed for college students who are interested in learning more about how they can help improve tobacco cessation services on their campus, and act as a tobacco cessation advocate. To learn more, or start the training, visit here.

ACHA Releases New Statement on Tobacco on Campus

The American College Health Association (ACHA) has released an updated Position Statement on Tobacco on College and University Campuses.  The recent Statement was updated to include electronic cigarettes in the list of tobacco-derived or containing products.

AB 795 Becomes Law

Assembly Bill 795 was signed into law by Governor Brown on Saturday, October 8, 2011.  The new law gives CA colleges and universities the authority to issue citations and collect fines from individuals violating the campus tobacco use policy.  The goes into effect on January 1, 2012.