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COVID-19’s Impact on the FCTC, Cessation, and Tobacco Policy


Nov 12, 2020 08:44 AM

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Dr. Adriana Blanco Marquizo
Head of the Secretariat @Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)
Dr. Adriana Blanco Marquizo is a medical doctor with a master’s degree in Policies to Prevent Addictions in Children and Adolescents from the Latin American Center of Human Economy (CLAEH). She actively participated in tobacco control activities in her home country Uruguay, which contributed to Uruguay becoming the first smoke-free country in the region of the Americas. Before joining the Convention Secretariat, Dr. Blanco Marquizo worked as Chief of the Risk Factors and Nutrition Unit in the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at the Pan American Health Organization.
Raquel Fernández Megina
President @nofumadores.org
Raquel Fernández Megina has a degree in Journalism and has been the president of Nofumadores.org since 2005. Raquel devoted her time to develop this idea to empower citizens to protect their right to a smoke free environment. She started to coordinate a small group of passionate people from every corner of Spain with, virtually, zero resources. Over the years, they contributed decisively to make sure there is some accountability for Big Tobacco and Lawmakers not willing to advance or enforce Anti-Smoking laws in Spain. Nofumadores.org’s proposals to all parliamentary groups for inclusion in their amendments to the tobacco bill proposal in 2010 were integrated into the law with the same wording. Under her leadership Nofumadores.org has been a Watchdog, asking different Spanish administrations to abide by their own laws, being especially active against the association between the Big Owners of Bars and Restaurants & the Tobacco industry.
Martin Raw
Director of the International Centre for Tobacco Cessation (ICTC) and visitng Prof. @New York University (NYU) School of Global Public Health
Martin Raw is Director of the International Centre for Tobacco Cessation (ICTC) and Visiting Prof., New York University (NYU) School of Global Public Health. In 1982 he co-authored the first clinical trial demonstrating that nicotine gum works. In 1998 he lead-authored the first English smoking cessation guidelines, which resulted in cessation treatment throughout the National Health Service (NHS). In 2009/10 he led the writing of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 14 guidelines, on tobacco cessation, which were adopted as official policy in 2010. Currently, the ICTC helps countries improve their tobacco cessation treatment. He was awarded the American Cancer Society 2012 Luther Terry Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership, and in 2017 the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco 2017 John Slade Award, which honors SRNT members who have made outstanding contributions to public health and tobacco control through science-based public policy & public advocacy