People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Dr Ulysses “Yul” Dorotheo was awarded the Judy Wilkenfeld Award for excellence in international tobacco control by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on 18 May.
Dr Dorotheo, a neuro-ophthalmologist, has been a tobacco control advocate for over 10 years. He is the first Asian to win the Wilkenfeld Award.
Dr Dorotheo is currently project director for the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance’s Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SEATCA-SITT), a five-year project aimed primarily at raising tobacco taxes and prices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
"The Marlboro cowboy may have ridden out of the US, but we are continually taking on Philip Morris and other transnational tobacco companies in the Philippines and in Asia," said Dr. Dorotheo in his speech.