American Cancer Society Announces 2015 Luther L. Terry Award Recipients

The American Cancer Society is pleased to share with the global tobacco control community the names of the recipients of the 2015 Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control. The awards are named for the late United States Surgeon General Luther L. Terry, MD, who led the landmark 1964 Surgeon General’s report that connected tobacco use to lung cancer and other illnesses. The awards are presented triennially – the initial awards were presented during the 2000 World Conference on Tobacco OR Health in Chicago. Information on previous recipients is available at

These awards recognize 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. These awards will be presented during a special evening ceremony onThursday, March 19, in Abu Dhabi, as part of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health. The awardees are as follows:

  • Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, from the United States will receive the Distinguished Career Award.
  • The United Kingdom Department of Health’s Tobacco Program will receive the award for Exemplary Leadership by a Government Ministry.
  • Eduardo Bianco, MD, from Uruguay will receive the award for Outstanding Individual Leadership.
  • The Smoke Free Partnership, from the United Kingdom will receive the Outstanding Organization award.
  • Geoffrey Fong, PhD, from Canada and Frank Chaloupka, PhD, from the United States will receive awards for Outstanding Research Contribution.
  • Patti White, from the United Kingdom, and Tariana Turia, from New Zealand will receive awards for Outstanding Community Service. 

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.

The American Cancer Society looks forward to welcoming participants in the 16thWorld Conference on Tobacco OR Health in Abu Dhabi to the ceremony honoring the 2015 Luther Terry Award recipients at 7 pm on Thursday, March 19, with a reception to follow.