2015 Luther L Terry Awards presented

The American Cancer Society presented the 2015 Luther L Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control at a ceremony on 19 March in Abu Dhabi at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

The awards are named for the late US Surgeon General Luther L Terry whose landmark 1964 Surgeon General’s report connected tobacco use to lung cancer and other illnesses. They recognise outstanding global achievement 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. Those honoured this year were:

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

In 2015, the award nominations were reviewed by an international selection committee of previous Luther L Terry Award winners, including: Dileep G. Bal, MD, MS, MPH, United States; Beatriz M. Champagne, PhD, Mexico; Hatai Chitanondh, MD, FICS, FRCS, Thailand; Michael Cummings, PhD, MPH, United States; Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, United States; Professor Mike Daube, Australia; Deborah Arnott, MBA, United Kingdom; Martin Raw, PhD, United Kingdom, Yussuf Saloojee, PhD, South Africa; Prabhat Jha, MD, DPhil, Canada; Melanie Wakefield, PhD, Australia; Mira Aghi, PhD, India; and Stan Shatenstein, Canada.  The effort was chaired by Jacqui Drope, and Andrea Lancaster, MPH, as executive director.

A reception followed the ceremony.