Rye Brook, NY | 18
2020 Award Recipient
Deeply impacted by stories of family members who died from smoking-induced illnesses, Abe Baker-Butler took comfort in his peers’ strong anti-cigarette stance, knowing they would never suffer from the same addiction. However, once in high school, the prevalence of e-cigarettes took hold of his friends’ despite their previous anti-nicotine sentiments. Abe took matters into his own hands and co-founded Students Against Nicotine (SAN), which works to reduce and eradicate teen vaping through legislative advocacy and education in New York State. SAN has connected with thousands of New York teens through peer-to-peer education, webinars, rallies, and conferences. In 2019, Abe helped pass Tobacco 21 legislation, raising the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. Most recently, SAN helped ban the use of flavors in e-cigarettes across New York State. Abe plans on expanding SAN’s reach by developing a local chapter model to be replicated across the country.
(photo by Zack Schulman)
Abe was motivated by the smoking-induced illness in his own family and started Students Against Nicotine to reduce and eradicate teenage smoking and vaping through education and legislative advocacy.