2015 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 were presented during a special ceremony on the evening of Thursday, March 19, 2015, in conjunction with the 16th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health in Abu Dhabi.

Below are the 2015 Luther L. Terry award winners:

Distinguished Career

Jonathan Samet, MD, MS (United States), a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, is Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), and Director of the USC Institute for Global Health. Dr. Samet’s commitment to policy translation has consistently been manifested in his research, making him a trusted expert and advisor in the tobacco control community. He is best known for his cutting-edge research addressing active and passive smoking and the effects of inhaled pollutants in the general environment, both indoors and outdoors, and in the workplace. For over two decades, he has also been involved in global tobacco control, in particular through lasting collaborations in China and Mexico. He founded the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which has played a key role in capacity building globally. He currently serves as chair of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) for the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Samet has served as Editor and Author for Reports of the Surgeon General on Smoking and Health since 1984, receiving the Surgeon General’s Medallion in 1990 and 2006 for these contributions. He was the Senior Scientific Editor for the 50th Anniversary 2014 report. He has testified in key litigation in the United States, including the Minnesota and Department of Justice lawsuits. His exceptional achievements have previously been recognized by the Prince Mahidol Award for Global Health, the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health, the WHO World No Tobacco Day Award, the Doll-Wynder Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), and the Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal from the American Thoracic Society/American Lung Association. Dr. Samet was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997.

Exemplary Leadership by a Government Ministry

The United Kingdom Department of Health’s Tobacco Program (United Kingdom) has made outstanding progress and demonstrated exemplary international leadership in tobacco control over the past decade. The Department of Health is responsible for tobacco control policy in England and for UK-wide tobacco control work. The Department of Health has implemented comprehensive tobacco control strategies with great success and has taken a progressive approach to reducing the harms from tobacco use and supporting smokers to quit. The Department works in close collaboration with civil society, researchers, health professionals and communities to implement effective tobacco control. Through the Department of Health’s ambitious and evidence-based policies, adult smoking rates have declined by 25 percent, meaning almost 2 million fewer people in England are smokers compared to a decade ago. Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking uptake by young people, and regular smoking by children aged 11-15 years of age has reduced by 70 percent since 2000. The Department of Health has worked tirelessly to support the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC), including protecting tobacco control from vested interests, and is today regarded as one of Europe’s leaders in the implementation of effective tobacco control policies.

Outstanding Individual Leadership

Eduardo Bianco, MD (Uruguay) has made exceptional contributions to tobacco control and public health over the last 20 years. He is currently the Latin American Director of the Framework Convention Alliance and a cardiologist at the Coronary Care Unit of the Spanish Association in

Montevideo, Uruguay. Dr. Bianco also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of The Tobacco Epidemic Research Centre in Uruguay, Chair of the Tobacco Control Commission of the National Medical Association in Uruguay, Chair of the World Heart Federation Policy and Advocacy Committee, and a member of the World Heart Federation International Advisory Committee. He began his tobacco control work as a physician, helping countless patients quit through medical treatment and developing Uruguay’s first cessation programs, which later provided the basis for broader national initiatives such as the National Smoking Cessation Network. As Uruguay’s smoking cessation pioneer, he has also applied his expertise and determination to become a powerful voice in favor of effective tobacco control policies and countering tobacco industry interference, as well as a role model for physician advocacy.

Uruguay ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2004 and was the first Latin American country to implement 100% smoke-free legislation in public places in 2006. Subsequently, the country increased tobacco taxes by 71%, banned tobacco advertising, and implemented large pictorial label warnings. Due to its impressive successes, Uruguay has recently been designated by the FCTC as one of the three “Knowledge Hubs” for FCTC implementation globally. In addition to having consistently been at the forefront of tobacco control efforts in Uruguay, Dr. Bianco’s careful documentation of his home country’s tobacco control story has ensured that local successes and lessons learned are shared with the rest of the region and world.

Outstanding Organization

Smoke Free Partnership (Belgium)is the only organization working exclusively on essential European Union (EU) policy analysis linked to the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Since its creation in 2006, Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) has been at the forefront of highly successful campaigns in a number of important EU tobacco control policy areas, including smoke-free policies, the EU Tobacco Tax Directive, FCTC Art. 5.3 Guidelines, FCTC Art.6 Guidelines, and the EU Tobacco Products Directive. SFP has implemented successful pan-European projects aimed at building knowledge and capacity in tobacco taxation in collaboration with its partners Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) UK, Cancer Research UK, and the European Heart Network. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized SFP for its accomplishments in the area of tobacco control by awarding them a World No Tobacco Day Award in 2011. Known for its strong diplomacy and excellent technical advice, SFP is well respected by key decision makers and perceived as the most effective tobacco control advocacy body in the EU. It draws its strengths from its robust partnerships with a wide range of EU-level and national institutions, as well as with universities and academic centers across the world. SFP’s exceptional dedication to these relationships allows it to garner broad stakeholders engagement for its campaigns.

Operating with a small and dynamic team led by its Director Florence Berteletti, SFP has recently led a successful pan-European campaign, unprecedented in scope and depth of involvement from a non-governmental organization. This campaign brought together tobacco control advocates from EU member states and beyond, laying the groundwork for the revision of the 2010-2014 EU Tobacco Products Directive, which resulted in the adoption of strong EU-wide measures on tobacco labeling and packaging, a ban on flavored tobacco, and tracking and tracing systems to combat illicit trade. Following this success, SFP demonstrated once again its unique ability to combine strategic direction, expert knowledge, and strong stakeholder relationships by leading the creation of a formal coalition of organizations active in tobacco control across the EU. This coalition will be tasked with supporting civil society at the national level and to promote and coordinate tobacco control advocacy campaigns in priority policy areas of the FCTC in EU countries.

Outstanding Research Contribution

Geoffrey Fong, PhD (Canada) is Professor of Psychology and of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo and Senior Investigator at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Originally trained as an experimental social psychologist, with expertise in research methodology and health psychology, Professor Fong led the creation of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project), an ambitious collaboration of over 100 tobacco control experts across 22 countries who have come together to conduct the first-ever international cohort study of tobacco use in countries inhabited by over half of the world’s population and over 70% of the world’s tobacco users. Professor Fong’s excellence in tobacco control research is demonstrated through his significant contribution to the ITC’s rigorous design and ultimate impact on policy change. For over a decade, Professor Fong and his colleagues have developed and enhanced this unique evidence-gathering system to promote more rapid and stronger implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) through over 300 ITC publications in scientific journals and over 50 national reports, policy reports, and cross-country comparison reports for use by policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders. Professor Fong has persistently called attention to the gap between the promise of FCTC policies on paper and their actual impact on the population in countries where the tobacco epidemic is raging. He also worked with the FCTC Secretariat and Parties on the development of the Sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) decision to conduct an impact assessment of the treaty. Professor Fong is a passionate advocate for evidence-based policy and is known as a tireless and effective communicator of research findings and for his strong collaborations with civil society, international health organizations, and countries throughout the world. He is also known for his strong encouragement and support of the work of junior colleagues and trainees.

Outstanding Research Contribution

Frank Chaloupka, PhD (Chicago, IL, USA) has worked in tobacco control research, teaching, and advocacy since the early 1990s. He is currently a distinguished professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and directs the Health Policy Center at the Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHRP). As one of the most renowned researchers in the field of economics of tobacco use and tobacco control, Dr. Chaloupka has tirelessly advocated for the adoption of effective tobacco tax policies with governments, international governmental organizations, and civil society, not only by providing the evidence base to raise tobacco taxes but also by addressing critical questions regarding tobacco tax structures and administration, illicit trade in tobacco products, and the evaluation of tobacco tax policies. He has been involved in nearly all national, regional, and global efforts to synthesize the research evidence examining the effectiveness of public policy responses to the tobacco epidemic. He is a frequent and major contributor to several US Surgeon General’s Reports on smoking and tobacco use and a lead author of “The Economics of Smoking” in the Handbook of Health Economics, the gold standard text on smoking for students of economics. Dr. Chaloupka is also a major contributor to several International Agency for Research on Cancer Handbooks of Cancer Prevention and the author of the seminal “WHO Technical Manual on Tobacco Tax Administration.” Most significantly, he was a lead author on the field-defining World Bank publications: “Curbing the Epidemic: Governments and the Economics of Tobacco Control” and “Tobacco Control in Developing Countries,” both of which heavily influenced the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, now ratified by 180 countries. With a history of publication in the most prestigious and well-respected peer-reviewed journals, his research has had an extraordinary influence on national and international tobacco policies. Dr. Chaloupka is a recipient of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s John Slade Award, a regional WHO World No-Tobacco Day Award, and was recently ranked as one of the top 10 health economists in the world for the period 1969-2010 by the Journal of Health Economics.

Outstanding Community Service

Patti White (United Kingdom) is a Public Health Analyst for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Her career in tobacco control began over than thirty years ago as an advocate for Action on Smoking and Health in London and then as a policy advisor on tobacco issues for various UK public bodies, including the Health Education Authority. In 1987 she became a full-time consultant to the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, where she was a key player in setting up the Smoke-Free Europe project, which sought to guide European countries in adopting evidence-based, comprehensive tobacco control policies. She co-led and ran the First European Conference on Tobacco and wrote the conference report and eight practical booklets, which subsequently became essential tools in tobacco control advocacy in the EU. She has worked with other international organizations such as the Union for International Cancer Control, the NCD Alliance, and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), as a technical advisor in low- and middle-income European countries, notably Poland and Georgia. Her concern for gender and income inequality contributed to the increased recognition of the association of cigarette smoking and poverty, and to the implementation of more targeted interventions for hard-to-reach groups. She is a founding member of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT) and has served the network with dedication for over 25 years with her vision and active work, both in Europe and globally. The author, editor and commissioner of several high impact publications, she has brought a unique mix of scientific, political and strategic leadership to the European and international tobacco control community. Through her passionate commitment to promoting the full range of effective tobacco control policies, Patti has inspired collaboration among all those interested in promoting public health.

Outstanding Community Service

The Honorable Dame Tariana Turia, DNZM (New Zealand) has been a powerful champion of tobacco control in New Zealand. A co-leader of the Māori Party since its inception in 2004, she first became a member of parliament in 1996, where she served until 2014. In her role as Associate Minister of Health, she led the tobacco control portfolio, introducing and executing multiple reforms to reduce tobacco consumption in all types of tobacco products and across all population groups. A proponent of the endgame strategy against tobacco in all spheres of influence, her unwavering commitment to tobacco control has been instrumental in the movement for a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025. She was a tireless supporter of a number of legislative efforts including cumulative increases in tobacco excise taxes, bans on tobacco retail displays, a lowering of the duty-free allowance for cigarettes, the implementation of plain packaging for tobacco products, the promotion of smoke-free environments in cars, and the establishment of a NZ$20 million "Innovation Fund" for cessation projects among the country's priority populations.

Dame Tariana, of Ngati Apa, Nga Wairiki, Nga Rauru, Tuwharetoa, and Whanganui iwis (people or nation in Māori), has been a champion of rangatiratanga (self-determination) for Māori as well as advocating strongly for disabled persons and Pasifika communities. She has fearlessly condemned the efforts of the tobacco industry to prevent the adoption of the endgame approach in New Zealand and was successful in re-framing tobacco control in the context of inequalities between Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders. Dame Tariana is a true inspiration to her colleagues thanks to her long-term vision for a New Zealand where people and whānau (family) can live successful and fulfilled lives away from the impact of tobacco use.