Deeply impacted by stories of family members who died from smoking-induced illnesses, Abe 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.
Students Against Nicotine (SAN) works to reduce and eradicate teen vaping through legislative advocacy and education in New York State. By educating and empowering youth, banning flavors, restricting marketing, and shifting public perception of nicotine, SAN is realizing its vision of a nicotine-free youth population.