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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 College Program

Since 1998, the CYAN College Program has been partnering with college students, faculty, staff, and tobacco control professionals to transform tobacco-related norms on college campuses.  Through training, education, and support, the College Program has been and continues to be successful in eliminating tobacco and tobacco industry presence in college communities.  The College Program is also responsible for coordinating the COUGH (Campuses Organized and United for Good Health) Coalition, a statewide movement working to promote tobacco-free college campuses throughout California.





CYAN provided great tools and feedback on our campus ambassador program. The support of the COUGH board helped to guide our students to develop a successful program when the policy launched. I don't feel we would have been as successful with the first year of the policy without the tools and TA support from CYAN.

- Lara Falkenstein, Health Educator, Sacramento State University

CYAN was an imperative component in introducing our campus to implementing a smoke and tobacco free policy on campus in a very short timeline… Thank you CYAN!

- Emily Hops.  Tobacco-Free Taskforce Chair, San Francisco State University

CYAN has supported us at every stage of our policy.

- Dr. Kimberly Pulvers.  Tobacco-Free Taskforce Chair, CSU San Marcos



Kimberlee Homer Vagadori 

Project Director, California Youth Advocacy Network

In tobacco control for 17 years, she is an expert on college tobacco-free policy, youth and young adult advocacy, and tobacco industry sponsorship issues and has successfully coordinated systemwide policy initiatives in California.  Kim also provides technical assistance and training to local, state, and national organizations on issues such as youth engagement in local advocacy, tobacco and the environment, emerging tobacco products, campus-based cessation services, and tobacco industry targeting of youth and young adults.

Katie Moose

College Program Manager

Katie Moose has served as the College Program Coordinator at the California Youth Advocacy Network since 2015.  Prior to assuming that role, Katie served as a Program Consultant for the California Tobacco Control Program, an Evaluation Consultant for the Tobacco Control Evaluation Center, and as a local program evaluator.  Katie has experience in tobacco control evaluation, advocacy, and policy adoption, implementation, and enforcement at the local and state level.  Katie has a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Sal Ramirez

College Program Coordinator

A California native, published author and youth advocate for health justice, Sal brings unique knowledge in the spectrum of community-based engagement. Sal is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and has worked in New York City with the This Free Life campaign, which helps LGBT young adults live tobacco-free, by providing outreach education on issues such as tobacco’s culture of poverty and the industry targeting of young adults.

Pegah Shahmirzadi

Program Assistant

Pegah has great experience working in the non-profit healthcare sector where her roles have included working with diverse communities on health issues at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Northern California, and grassroots organizing and assisting with the planning and implementation of California State Lobby Days for the American Cancer Society. Prior to her role at CYAN, Pegah worked nationally in Washington, DC where she continued her role in cancer advocacy for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Her alma mater include California State University, Sacramento where she earned her undergraduate degree in Government and International Relations and Georgetown University where she earned a Certificate in International Affairs. She is currently a graduate student pursuing her MPH degree from University of California, Berkeley.

Contact Us

California Youth Advocacy Network

650 University Ave., Suite 109
Sacramento, CA 95825

(916) 339-3424