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Sarah Ryan

2019 Barrie Fiske National Youth Advocate of the Year
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Holbrook, MA

There’s one thing Sarah Ryan won’t do: quit. With an unrelenting passion for advocacy and understanding of the nuances of tobacco control, she has become a highly effective advocate at the local, state and national levels.

In her hometown and state, she has advocated for policies to raise the tobacco age to 21, increase tobacco taxes, prohibit tobacco sales in pharmacies and curb the sale of flavored tobacco products. While just a high school senior, Sarah is already a tobacco control veteran. She has been rallying peers and testifying at local hearings since her freshman year. Many of the policies she pursued took time to enact in the face of tobacco industry opposition and often-hesitant lawmakers. Nevertheless, she persisted, the policies eventually passed, and the public health benefits of her efforts will ripple for years to come.

Sarah continues her state and local work with The 84 Movement Statewide Leadership team, while also becoming a national voice in tobacco prevention. She recently spoke at the U.S. Surgeon General’s press conference on the youth e-cigarette epidemic and published a letter to the editor in The New York Times advocating for a ban on flavored tobacco products including all e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes.