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2012 Luther L. Terry Award Winners

This year’s Luther L. Terry awards were presented in six categories: Distinguished Career Award, Exemplary Leadership by a Government Ministry, Outstanding Individual Leadership, Outstanding Organization, Outstanding Research Contribution, and Outstanding Community Service. These awards recognize outstanding worldwide achievement in the field of tobacco control and will be presented during a special ceremony on the evening of March 21, in Singapore, as part of the 15th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health.

Below are the 2012 Luther L. Terry award winners.

Distinguished Career

Professor Mike DaubeProfessor Mike Daube (Australia) has been a leader in tobacco control and public health for four decades. He is Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University, Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and President of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health. The first full-time Director of Action on Smoking and Health, he pioneered many tobacco advocacy strategies, establishing ASH as a model for tobacco control groups around the world.  In Australia, he has led innovative mass media programs and successful campaigns for action including advertising bans, stronger health warnings in successive decades and protecting non-smokers.  Professor Daube has chaired many key governmental and NGO committees at the international and national level, including the organizing committee for the Perth World Conference on Tobacco and the Australian Government’s Expert Committee on Tobacco which recently recommended a comprehensive approach including plain packaging legislation. Professor Daube has been recognized in numerous tobacco industry reports and internal documents since the 1970s as one of their most powerful and articulate opponents globally. Through his creativity, leadership, persistence and commitment to comprehensive policies, he has contributed to saving millions of lives.

Outstanding Leadership by a Government Ministry

Australia Department of Health and AgeingThe Department of Health and Ageing of the Government of Australia has long been at the forefront in the worldwide fight against tobacco. Australia has served as a global tobacco control role model through pioneering actions to protect its citizens from the ravages of tobacco use, ranging from bans on tobacco advertising, to nationwide anti-smoking campaigns, to the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Initiative and the most recent legislation requiring plain packaging for all tobacco products sold in the country. The eyes of all tobacco control campaigners, scientists, policymakers and advocates will remain on Australia for years to come, as they have in the past, as bold, creative, solutions to the tobacco menace are put into practice, and hundreds of thousands of lives saved, by the commitment of the world-leading Department of Health and Ageing.

Outstanding Individual Leadership

Martin RawMartin Raw, Ph.D, (United Kingdom / Brazil) has worked in tobacco control for over 35 years and is currently serving in honorary academic posts at the universities of Nottingham, UK and Sao Paulo, Brazil. His global leadership in tobacco dependence treatment, from the first trial establishing the effectiveness of nicotine gum, to his leading role in securing evidence based guidelines in England, through efforts to organize treatment services and clinical practice, culminated recently in his extraordinary contribution to the FCTC Article 14 global guidelines on the treatment of tobacco dependence. Throughout his career, his pioneering work has focused on applying research results to the real world, ensuring that quality resources were readily available to health care providers through, among other things, the creation of the website Treatobacco.net, a unique source of evidence-based data and practical support for the treatment of tobacco dependence. His dedication to improving health across all populations is evident in his insistence upon making Article 14 treatment guidelines relevant for implementation not only in the resource-ready high-income nations, but  in low- and middle-income nations as well - a reminder of his leadership skills, not only utilized in the UK and his adopted country of Brazil, but worldwide.

Yussuf SaloojeeYussuf Saloojee, Ph.D., (South Africa) is the Executive Director of the globally renowned National Council Against Smoking, South Africa’s first tobacco control civil society organization. He began his career as a scientific researcher but then broadened his activities to become a skilled and passionate advocate, policy advisor, and educator, playing an essential role in ensuring that comprehensive tobacco control legislation was adopted and effectively implemented in South Africa, allowing the country to become a model for the rest of the African continent. With the advent, in the late 1990's, of the WHO's plans to develop a global tobacco treaty, Dr. Saloojee took on additional responsibilities by making invaluable contributions to the structure and strength of the FCTC. Committed to building capacity and promoting healthy policies, programmes and research, he has served on the boards of several international organizations, and has taken part in government consultations and training in more than 20 countries. His role as co-Chair of the 2006 World Conference on Tobacco Or Health, and his efforts to mentor new generations of advocates, have led others in the field to look to Dr. Yussuf Saloojee as a leader and tobacco control expert in his home country and, importantly, as well, in Africa and globally.

Outstanding Organization

Action on Smoking and HealthAction on Smoking and Health (ASH), (United Kingdom) is the unique and pioneering health charity established by the Royal College of Physicians in 1971 that strives for the elimination of the harm caused by tobacco. It is globally recognized for its success in effectively communicating the evidence base around tobacco issues, and for the great value of its materials, campaigns, and resources for tobacco control advocates. With its current Director (Deborah Arnott), and past Directors (Michael Daube, David Simpson, and Clive Bates), ASH UK has been described as providing “research that is considered excellent, information of the highest quality, and policy proposals that are workable and evidence-based”.  ASH UK has ensured that key loopholes were closed in England’s smokefree legislation, been instrumental in obtaining the UK Government’s commitment to fulfilling its obligations to protect its public health policy from the interests of the tobacco industry, and produced numerous science-based reports which have influenced tobacco control policy throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. ASH UK is a small organization renowned for multiplying its strength and effectiveness through collaborative and supportive partnerships with other tobacco control advocacy and civil society groups at home and abroad.

Outstanding Research Contribution

Prabhat JhaPrabhat Jha, M.D., D.Phil., (Canada) is a Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Global Health Research, at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. He is known worldwide for leading the team that wrote the landmark reports “Curbing the Epidemic” and “Tobacco Control in Developing Countries” for the World Bank. A highly skilled epidemiologist, he leads the “Million Death Study”, one of the world’s largest studies of human health, studying over six million people in India.  His exploration of the social and economic costs of smoking has highlighted its exceptional effects not only on mortality, but also on economic welfare and poverty, and has contributed to tobacco control being showcased as one of the world’s best investments to improve health. Dr. Jha has exceeded research excellence by bridging rigorous academic research, public policy, and media. By working collaboratively with other prominent leaders in the field he has, among other things, convinced heads of state to raise tobacco taxes. His world-class research and methodological innovations have substantially altered and enhanced the desirability and means of tobacco control as a central pillar to improve global health.

Melanie WakefieldMelanie Wakefield, Ph.D, (Australia) is Director of the Centre for Behavioral Research Centre in Cancer, at the Cancer Council Victoria, and a Principal Research Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. An accomplished behavioral scientist, she has served the global tobacco control community for more than two decades as a leader in evaluating tobacco control policies and programs. Her research has significantly enhanced our understanding of the impact of anti-tobacco mass media campaigns and tobacco marketing strategies on smoking behavior, and the circumstances under which tobacco control policies exert their optimal effects, forming a key part of the evidence base for policy change.  Professor Wakefield’s studies uncovered the adverse effects of industry-sponsored smoking prevention initiatives on youth, and her groundbreaking review paper “The cigarette pack as image” is now the reference for countries considering plain packaging legislation. Professor Melanie Wakefield has been a role model for many, sharing credit for her research achievements with her mentees, and encouraging younger generations to adhere to the high standards she has set for tobacco control research.

Outstanding Community Service

Mira AghiMira Aghi, Ph.D., (India) is a behavioral scientist and communications expert whose influence on tobacco control has affected communities and nations worldwide.  Described as "a daughter of India", she is the co-author of the 1982 and 1991 UICC manuals on Smoking and Children, as well as the writer of the 1999 WHO landmark Strategy on Women’s Health as affected by tobacco. She shared her expertise in extraordinarily diverse settings, from rural, low-income communities to businesses and national governments. In the field, she has worked with domestic servants, trained health workers, engaged with bidi workers, and been a champion for the rights of women and children, and has emphasized community engagement, participatory research and the imperative to empower populations. As a grass-roots activist, she has been a major force behind seminal tobacco control victories in Southeast Asia, such as major workplaces and institutions going smoke free. She holds appointments to several international boards focusing on tobacco control and was the first woman from Asia to be awarded the WHO Gold Medal in tobacco control, in 1989. Dr. Mira Aghi is truly a “heroine to communities worldwide, and someone who has a warm heart and is unstintingly generous of her time, her expertise, and cultural knowledge". 

Stan ShatensteinStan Shatenstein (Canada) is tobacco control's global communicator. As the long-time editor of the Union for International Cancer Control’s GLOBALink Medical Journal Update and the coordinator of its News & Information Monitoring Initiative, Mr. Shatenstein's clear, crisp prose and his ability to find and describe any issue related to the tobacco industry and its harmful products have made him a valued collaborator for all those involved in tobacco control. A renowned freelance writer, he is also a contributing editor of the journal Tobacco Control. His outstanding communication skills have allowed GLOBALink to reach thousands of people from across the world, greatly increasing the networking capabilities of a community in which tobacco control advocates and researchers alike need to be made aware of various issues in real-time to confront the challenges they pose. For the past 15 years, hundreds in the international tobacco control community have been personally assisted by Stan Shatenstein as he has tirelessly provided essential resources and accurate scientific and policy information. His talent as one of the most powerful writers in tobacco control, paired with his commitment to those striving to combat the tobacco industry, makes him especially deserving of this award.