WHO honours two tobacco control champions on World No Tobacco Day

News release

On World No Tobacco Day 2014, WHO is pleased to honour two long-standing champions for stronger tobacco control measures in China with World No Tobacco Day awards:

  • Dr Wang Longde, President of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association and former Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Health
  • Professor Hu Teh-wei, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.

“Both in his former capacity as Vice-Minister, and his Presidency of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, Dr Wang has been a leading voice for stronger tobacco control measures in China – and a key player in securing political commitment for much-needed policy change,” Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China, said.

“Professor Hu is one of the world’s foremost experts on tobacco taxation – the theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day – and a long-time advocate for tobacco tax reform in his native China. Professor Hu is both a brilliant scholar and a wonderful mentor to the many Chinese students now at the forefront of the tobacco control movement in China,” Dr Schwartländer said.

“WHO is delighted to honour both of these outstanding individuals with this year’s World No Tobacco Day awards,” Dr Schwartländer concluded.

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About the World No Tobacco Day awards

On 31 May every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) marks World No Tobacco Day, a day to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Every year on World No Tobacco Day, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.

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