National Youth Advocate of the Year
Last year's recipient for the National Youth Advocate of the Year Award was Tyler Long of Fletcher, NC. He is a senior at Asheville High School and has been involved in tobacco control for six years. Tyler is currently working to make parks tobacco-free in neighboring Yancey County and multi-unit housing smoke-free in Asheville and played a leading role in ending a tobacco sponsorship of Bele Chere, a major street festival in Asheville.
We were once again pleased to honor another group of outstanding Youth Advocates of the Year who have already done so much to help us win the fight against tobacco. These young leaders are delivering powerful messages, changing minds and getting results — both in preventing their peers from using tobacco and in convincing elected leaders to take strong action. Find out more about all of our youth advocates awards recipients.
Our 2013 Champion Award recipient was the incomparable Mike Pertschuk. Mike is a true pioneer in the fight against tobacco, from his earliest career as a Congressional staff member to his service as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission to his visionary leadership in advocacy and movement building that is the foundation of all our work. It is fair to say that the tobacco control movement as we know it would not exist without Mike Pertschuk.
Judy Wilkenfeld Award for Tobacco-Control Excellence
Last year's recipient of the Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence is another visionary and pioneer — Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, a head and neck cancer surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. Dr. Chaturvedi created and is leading a powerful campaign, called Voice of Tobacco Victims, that is bringing about historic change.