May 10, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
1150 22nd St. NW

6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards
9:00 p.m. After Party

Business attire requested

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our remarkable honorees and our progress toward ending the tobacco epidemic for good.

Champion Award Winner

Tom Steyer

Business Leader and Philanthropist
Co-Chair, Yes on 56 – Save Lives California

Tom Steyer is a business leader and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to give back and help ensure that every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education and a healthy climate.

In 2016, Tom served as co-chair of the Yes on 56 – Save Lives California ballot initiative campaign. Approved by 64.4 percent of California voters, Proposition 56 raised the state's cigarette tax by $2 per pack, with equivalent increases on other tobacco products. The revenue generated will be used to improve health care programs, expand tobacco prevention and cessation efforts, and fund research on cancer and other tobacco-related diseases.

Tom's personal advocacy played a key role in the success of this historic measure to reduce tobacco use and save lives, which was overwhelmingly approved despite vigorous opposition from tobacco companies that spent over $71 million against it.

Tom founded a successful California business, which he left to work full-time on non-profit and advocacy efforts. He now serves as President of NextGen Climate, an organization he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans.

Youth Advocates of the Year

To be announced.

Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence

To be announced.


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