Sara Kay

2018 Youth Champion
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Honolulu, HI

Sara is a fierce advocate for policies to reduce tobacco use. The issue is personal for her – she lost her grandmother, a nonsmoker, to lung disease likely caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. Due in part to Sara’s advocacy efforts, the City and County of Honolulu passed a law prohibiting smoking in cars with kids (the measure applies to the entire island of Oahu). Sara has also pushed for a similar statewide law, contacting lawmakers and testifying before the Legislature in support of the proposal.

As a leader in the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii’s Youth Council, Sara has also worked to strengthen Hawaii’s statewide law prohibiting tobacco sales to anyone under 21. She demonstrated the need to restrict youth online access to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, resulting in the introduction of legislation to do so.

The Coalition for a Tobacco-free Hawaii recognized Sara’s efforts by naming her the 2017 Alaka‘i Outstanding Advocate of the Year.

In addition to her tobacco control work, Sara is an advocate for opportunities in STEM fields for young women. She will study biomedical engineering and public health at Dartmouth University with the goal of improving early detection of lung cancer.