Canadian Cancer Society staffer receives prestigious international award for tobacco control

02 June 2014

Toronto -

Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society, will be honoured for his contributions to tobacco control in Canada and around the world since 1988.

The World Health Organization (WHO) presents the World No Tobacco Day 2014 awards in Washington DC, today. US Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak will speak at the event. Mr Cunningham is one of 2 Canadians to receive one of this year’s prestigious awards.

Mr Cunningham has long been a leader of advocacy efforts for a wide range of tobacco control measures in Canada as well as internationally. Canada is a world leader in tobacco control and has had many notable successes that have resulted in significant declines in smoking prevalence among both adults and youth.

In addition to the awards presentation, the surgeon general will describe progress in tobacco control over the last 50 years. He will also discuss new data on the health consequences of tobacco use that are presented in the most recent Surgeon General’s Report.

World No Tobacco Day highlights the harmful effects of tobacco use and promotes public health measures that seek to reduce tobacco consumption and exposure to second-hand smoke. The focus of this year’s campaign is tobacco taxation, which has proven highly effective in reducing tobacco use, especially among younger people.

The other award recipients from the Americas region are:

The Ministry of Health of Panama – WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award

The Ministry of Health of Costa Rica

Prof Prabhat Jha, director of the Centre for Global Health Research and professor of disease control at the University of Toronto.

Prof Kenneth E. Warner, Avedis Donabedian distinguished university professor of public health at the University of Michigan

Prof Frank Chaloupka, professor at the Institute for Health Research of the University of Illinois at Chicago

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