It was yet another global honour for India’s tobacco control efforts, when Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India was conferred with the most prestigious “WHO Director General’s Special Award for Tobacco Control”. The award was conferred in appreciation of the outstanding contribution of the Hon’ble Minister for the steps taken to safeguard future generation from the devastating consequences of tobacco use. Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director, WHO South East Asia Region presented the award to Dr. Anpumani Ramadoss at New Delhi on 20th July 2007.
Last Year the American Cancer Society selected the Hon’ble Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, for Luther L. Terry Award in the category of exemplary leadership by a Government Ministry in recognition of its consistent excellent performance in anti-tobacco advocacy. Dr. Ramadoss received the Award to a standing ovation welcome and applause, at a formal ceremony during the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Washington DC on 14th July, 2006.
The award has been conferred on the Ministry for the progressive enthusiasm it showed since 1990 in enacting a National Tobacco Control Legislation and the unwavering leadership provided by the Indian Delegation at the Frame Work Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), in spite of strong opposition from the domestic and global tobacco industry.