The Luther L. Terry Award recognizes 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.
Since its creation in 2006, Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) has been at the forefront of highly successful campaigns in a number of important EU tobacco control policy areas, including smoke-free policies. SFP has implemented successful pan-European projects aimed at building knowledge and capacity in tobacco taxation in collaboration with its partners Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) UK, Cancer Research UK and the European Heart Network. SFP has recently led a successful pan-European campaign bringing together tobacco control advocate from EU member states and beyond, laying the groundwork for the successful revision of the 2010-2014 EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The World Health Organization (WHO) recognised SFP for its accomplishments in the area of tobacco control through the World No Tobacco Day Award in 2011.
Tobacco use killed 100 million people in the 20th century and will kill 1 billion people in the 21st century if current trends continue. Each year, tobacco use is responsible for almost 6 million premature deaths, 80 percent of which are in low- and middle-income countries. By 2030, this number is expected to increase to 8 million.
"Tobacco-related diseases are the most preventable cause of death worldwide, responsible for the deaths of approximately half of all long-term tobacco users,” said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society.
Operating with a small and dynamic team, SFP’s unique ability to combine strategic direction, expert knowledge and strong stakeholder relationships based on its robust partnerships, was recognised as an outstanding global achievement.
’’We are honoured to be nominated, and even more, to win this recognition in the company of most distinguished co-recipients, organisations and outstanding people alike. This award recognises our work on the TPD, but we must stress that this important success for European public health could not have happened without all of our partners’ direct involvement and support’’ said Ms Florence Berteletti, Director of Smoke Free Partnership.