Global Bridges grantee receives American Cancer Society recognition for tobacco control efforts

Congratulations to Global Bridges grantee Constantine Vardavas, M.D., for receiving the American Cancer Society’s Luther L. Terry Young Pioneer Award!

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Young Pioneer Award,” said Dr. Vardavas. “The dynamic and collaborative nature of the tobacco control field has continuously energized my work and has inspired my devotion to evidence-based policy, research collaboration, and mentorship – which I believe are the pillars to a global fight against tobacco.”

The Luther L. Terry Awards are presented triennially at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, which was held March 7-9 in Cape Town, South Africa this year. Dr. Vardavas, a Global Bridges grantee, has shown expertise in tobacco dependence treatment and tobacco control research as a principal investigator, program leader and lecturer. His bibliography lists more than 100 peer-reviewed, original papers and articles on tobacco control.

J. Taylor Hays, M.D., director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic and chair of Global Bridges, shared congratulations:

“Dr. Vardavas’ research and leadership at a European level have bolstered tobacco control efforts in the region. He plays a key role in FCTC implementation across European Union member states, supports training opportunities for colleagues and is truly a champion for evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment.”

Gary Reedy, CEO of American Cancer Society, provided more context about the award:

“We’ve come a long way in reducing tobacco use and saving millions of lives since the late Luther L. Terry, M.D. released the first Surgeon General Report linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer 54 years ago. However, there are still more than a billion smokers around the world, which means we still have a lot more work ahead to significantly reduce the number of smokers. Dr. Constantine Vardavas is receiving the Luther L. Terry Young Pioneer Award for his work in Europe and the United States developing groundbreaking ideas for tobacco control and saving millions of lives. We are confident he has a long career ahead leading and mentoring other bright new minds in the field to develop innovative solutions that will end death and disease from tobacco use.”