People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- January 21, 2015
FCA’s Regional Director for the Americas, Eduardo Bianco, has been awarded the Luther L Terry Award for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control.
The award is presented annually by the American Cancer Society and is named for the late US Surgeon General who led the 1964 report that linked tobacco use to long cancer and other illnesses.
Eduardo was recognised for Outstanding Individual Leadership. He is a medical doctor doing a Postgraduate in cardiology, president of the Board of Directors of The Tobacco Epidemic Research Centre in Uruguay and Chair of the World Heart Federation’s Policy and Advocacy Committee.
In 1997, Eduardo started the first Smoking Cessation Program in Uruguay’s private health care system, and in 2004 he launched the National Resources Fund´s Tobacco Dependence Treatment (TDT) Program, which soon became the basis for a National Smoking Cessation Network. He was Director of the Tobacco Control Program of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation from 2002 to 2008.
Other FCAers also received Luther Terry awards:
• Jonathan Samet, MD, MS – Distinguished Career award
• Smoke Free Partnership, Belgium – Outstanding Organization
• Geoffrey Fong, PhD, Canada and Frank Chaloupka, PhD, US – Outstanding Research Contribution
• Pattie White, UK – Outstanding Community Service.
Congratulations to all the recipients!