People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Farewell Dr Nigel Gray and Prof Anthony Hedley
Nigel Gray, Director of the Cancer Council of Victoria (Australia) from 1968 until 1995 and President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) from 1990 to 1994, passed away 21 December 2014.
Nigel will be remembered for his groundbreaking work that laid the foundation for the modern tobacco control movement – in Australia and globally. His work through UICC in the 1970s paved the way for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). In 1976, he convened a global group of experts to draft Guidelines for Smoking Control, published in 1977 updated in 1980. Essentially, these were the first iterations of the comprehensive tobacco control program, now fully articulated in the FCTC.
Under his leadership, UICC also organised the first tobacco control advocacy workshops in developing countries in the 1980s. One of the people who conducted these workshops across the Asia-Pacific region was Tony Hedley, who passed away 19 December 2014.
Tony Hedley worked relentlessly to improve tobacco control measures (as well as air pollution regulations) in Hong Kong. He published volumes of scientific data and evidence on the effects of tobacco smoke on health and used science to influence public policy and combined this with a tenacious advocacy.