2006 Luther L. Terry Award Winners
The 2006 Luther L. Terry awards were presented in five categories: Distinguished Career Award, Exemplary Leadership by a Government Ministry, Outstanding Individual Leadership, Outstanding Organization, and Outstanding Research Contribution. These awards recognize outstanding worldwide achievement in the field of tobacco control and were presented during a special ceremony Washington, D.C., United States, as part of the 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health.
Below are the 2006 Luther L. Terry award winners.
Margaretha Haglund (Sweden) is well-known throughout the tobacco control movement, having worked in the field for over 30 years. Among her many achievements, Ms. Haglund has played a visible and key role in bringing women and tobacco issues to the global forefront. She is Co-founder and President of the International Network of Women against Tobacco (INWAT), a network which boasts 1,500 members in 100 countries. Her fearlessness, energy, and creativity continue to inspire tobacco control advocates internationally.
Witold Zatonski, M.D., Sc.D. (Poland) has been at the forefront of public health and tobacco control in Poland, Eastern Europe, and internationally for more than 35 years. Though a passionate activist, Dr. Zatonski is also a meticulous researcher, and he has consistently backed his public health campaigns with scientific data. His approach has been effective, and many consider him to be single-handedly responsible for the over 20 percent decline in smoking prevalence in Poland over the last 25 years.
Exemplary Leadership by a Government Ministry
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, headed by Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, is a model to which other nations may aspire. The Ministry has demonstrated its unrelenting stance on health promotion and tobacco control through its support of a comprehensive national tobacco control policy and an effective FCTC. The Ministry’s vision for tobacco control extends beyond legislation, however, and its programmatic and financial support for non-governmental organizations engaged in tobacco control proves its commitment to, and innovation in, the tobacco control movement.
The Department of Health and Children, Republic of Ireland, headed by Tánaiste Mary Harney, has led the worldwide effort towards smoke-free environments. After making health promotion through the reduction of smoking prevalence one of its top priorities, the Department vigorously created and pushed for strong national tobacco control legislation and supported the development of the FCTC. In 2004, the Republic of Ireland became the first European country to implement legislation creating smoke-free enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants. Today it still serves as a success story and model for tobacco control advocates around the world.
Outstanding Individual Leadership
Luk Joossens (Belgium) has been one of the world’s foremost tobacco control advocates for almost 30 years. He is the author of more than 250 articles, reports, and presentations on various aspects of tobacco control. Among other achievements, his pioneering work on Belgium’s tobacco advertising ban, European Union tobacco subsidies, and international tobacco smuggling has established him as an expert on tobacco control policy, a relentless activist, and a versatile leader in the international tobacco control movement.
Bungon Ritthiphakdee (Thailand) has been a champion for tobacco control for over 20 years, most recently as the Coordinator of the Southeast Asian Tobacco Control Alliance. She has built a local, national, and international reputation for her ability to build relationships with others and bring together seemingly disparate groups of people to advance common goals. Thanks to her dedication, leadership, and groundwork, tobacco control has a prominent place on the national agendas of Thailand and other South East Asian countries.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (US) was established in 1996 to protect children from tobacco addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke. Over the years, its role has evolved and expanded, both in function and in geography. In addition to serving as a counter force to the tobacco industry and its special interests, the organization shares its ideas, data, materials, and resources with other non-governmental organizations and, in doing so, has pioneered a global approach to tobacco control.
Framework Convention Alliance (Switzerland) is made up of almost 300 non-governmental organizations, representing more than 100 countries around the world which are working to support the signing, ratification, and effective implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and related protocols. By bringing together groups already engaged in the FCTC process and outreaching to non-governmental organizations not yet engaged in the process, the Framework Convention Alliance has ensured that the FCTC addresses the needs and concerns of tobacco control organizations around the globe.
Outstanding Research Contribution
Sir Richard Peto, M.Sc., M.A. (UK), is Professor of Medical Statistics & Epidemiology and Co-founder and Co-director of the Clinical Trial Service Unit at the University of Oxford. With his commitment to sound science and his ability to communicate effectively, Sir Richard serves as both an inspiration to researchers and a resource for advocates. His tobacco research is among the most heavily used by non-governmental organizations all over the world, and his messages for individual smokers are the basis for countless public health campaigns.