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Advocating for a
Tobacco-Free California

The California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN) 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. CYAN provides training and technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and coalitions advocating for tobacco-free communities.


Supporting engagement and advocacy.


Empowering California’s youth to create tobacco-free environments. CYAN’s Youth Program supports the development of youth-adult partnerships in order to effectively advocate for social norm change in local communities.


The CYAN Military Program, Project UNIFORM, creates military-civilian partners to address tobacco use in military communities by supporting culturally appropriate tobacco prevention and treatment strategies for service members and Veterans.



Through training, education, and support, CYAN is partnering with student and public health advocates to eliminate tobacco and
tobacco industry presence on California college and university campuses.

emerging tobacco

Youth and young adults are more likely to use new and emerging tobacco and nicotine products than any other age group population. In order to combat this reality, CYAN provides support and resources to organizations striving to prevent young people from tobacco use.

What's New

New Educational Materials on Vaping

CYAN has developed three new educational materials for youth and young adult audiences. Materials all focus on the myths and realities of vaping and vaping devices. The print materials include fact cards and posters on JUULs and Mods as well as a general poster for middle school and high school-age youth on vaping. The materials are available here.

Save the Date:

Tobacco-Free Colleges Conference

On January 8 - 9, 2019, CYAN is hosting a Tobacco-Free Colleges Conference for California campuses working on smoke/tobacco-free policy adoption, implementation, and enforcement. The conference is free and open to students and staff from California colleges and universities as well as public health advocates partnering with schools to address tobacco use. More information about the conference is available here.

Youth Quest 2019

Youth Quest 2019 has been scheduled for Monday, March 18. Youth Quest is an annual event celebrating and promoting youth advocacy in California’s tobacco control movement. The event provides youth with an opportunity 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. Details for the 2019 event are available here.

statewide youth advocacy conference

The 2019 Statewide Youth Advocacy Conference is scheduled for June 17 - 20 and will be held at Point Bonita YMCA in Marin County. The four-day conference is a unique training opportunity for youth and adult partners interested in gaining experience in smoke/tobacco-free community advocacy.



CYAN supports tobacco-free prevention and advocacy throughout the California. We provide resources such as program-specific educational materials, tools, and fact sheets as well as web-based trainings to increase knowledge and capacity of tobacco control advocates.



Educational Materials

CYAN’s educational materials are designed for youth and young adults. The goal of these materials is to increase awareness of the realities of new and emerging tobacco products, prevent tobacco use, and encourage quit attempt among young people.

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Fact Sheets & tools

A variety of fact sheets, tools, and materials are available for youth, young adult, and tobacco control advocates working to limit tobacco in local communities. The resources range from informational fact sheets to tools to support community engagement and advocacy activities.

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online Trainings

CYAN utilizes web-based technology to provide a range of training opportunities for individuals advocating for smoke/tobacco-free policies as well as those promoting quit attempts. Trainings are available for youth advocates, college students and staff, and military health professionals.

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