2018 Luther L Terry Award Winners Announced

The American Cancer Society today presented the 2018 Luther L Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control at a packed lunchtime plenary session in Cape Town at the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Through the Luther L Terry Awards, the American Cancer Society recognises individuals and organisations that carry on Dr Terry’s legacy of excellence in tobacco control in communities around the world.

As Surgeon General, Dr Luther L. Terry was charged by President John Kennedy to create a special Surgeon General's Committee on Smoking and Health. That committee's report, released in 1964 under Dr Terry's leadership, unleashed a tide of political, medical, and corporate controversy regarding the health effects of tobacco use. During his tenure as Surgeon General, Dr Terry worked to eliminate television cigarette advertising, place health warnings on cigarette packs, and restrict the sale and distribution of cigarettes to minors, while he warned the nation of the deadly health consequences of smoking.

The awards honor global achievements that are helping to reduce tobacco use and save lives from cancer and other illnesses. Specifically the awards recognise achievements in the field of tobacco control in six categories: outstanding individual leadership, outstanding organization, outstanding research contribution, exemplary leadership by a government ministry, distinguished career, and outstanding community service.

Presented by Kevin J Cullen, MD, and Rosie Henson, MSSW, MPH, those honoured this year were:

Distinguished Career Award

Doulas Bettcher, M.D., MPH, PhD, Canada

Outstanding Leadership

Professor Elif Dagli, MD, Turkey

Young Pioneer

Constantine Vardavas, MD, RN, MPH, PhD, FCCP, Greece

The Terry awards are presented triennially at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, with the first awards being presented in 2000. Information on previous recipients is available at cancer.org/lutherterry.

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