Did you know that while all public, four-year universities in the state are smoke and tobacco-free, less than half of California Community College are? To address this disparity, the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN) is hosting a two-day workshop in Sacramento, CA on May 6th and 7th. The workshop will offer the tools, resources, and training needed for campuses to adopt, implement and enforce smoke and tobacco-free policies on their campuses.
Tobacco-Free Community Colleges Workshop
Evening of May 6th through 4:30pm Monday, May 7
Location: Sacramento, CA
The workshop is free to attend and meals will be provided. Community College students will be provided free travel to and from the event as well as lodging, if needed. Community College staff may also receive free travel and lodging, if needed.
Students will receive training on policy advocacy and have fun networking with their peers. Sessions will highlight the social injustices that tobacco industry targeting has caused. Attendees will hear from fellow student advocates and learn how students can make a difference on their campuses in their communities.
Students can expect:
- Hand's on training, role-playing, and skill building sessions that teach students about power and how to show power to decision-makers.
- Presentations from fellow students, as well as researchers, advocates, and experts in the field.
- Sessions for students whose campuses are already tobacco-free.
Campus staff and public health advocates will learn from their peers about what has worked and not worked on campuses across the state. Breakout sessions will cover the policy adoption process, implementation best practices and the pros and cons of different enforcement approaches.
At the Workshop campus staff and community partners can look forward to:
- Student Panel - hear the student perspective on the importance of student involvement and messaging that works with young adults.
- Breakout sessions for staff that are advocating for a policy as well as sessions for staff on campuses that already have policies and would like to increase compliance.
- Presentations from campuses that have gone tobacco-free about how they did it and what worked for them.
Workshop Details At-A-Glance
- Opening session and registration starts at 4:00pm on Sunday, May 6th and the workshop ends at 4:30pm on Monday, May 7th.
- Workshop location: The Holiday Inn in downtown Sacramento.
- The workshop is free to attend .
- Networking reception with food and drinks (non-alcoholic) on Sunday Evening
- Breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack will be provided on Monday.
- Travel and lodging will be purchased for all students and any campus or organizational staff that need it.
If you have any questions about travel, lodging, or food, please feel free to email Pegah anytime at Pegah@cyanonline.org.
Why we are hosting this workshop
Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer. LGBTQ individuals, people with mental health or substance use disorders, veterans, and individuals whose parents did not receive a Bachelors degree, are all more likely to be suffering the devastating consequences of tobacco use.
Adding to this disparity, California Community Colleges (CCC) are now the only publicly-funded institutions of higher education in the state that still allow smoking and vaping on campus. The CSU's and the UC's are now all 100% smoke and tobacco-free, yet, only 40% of community colleges in the state are.
On May 6th and 7th, 2018, join other California Community College students, faculty, staff, administrators, and public health advocates in Sacramento, California for a 2-Day workshop dedicated to eradicating this disparity and to making the entire CCC system 100% smoke and tobacco-free.