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Award recognizes 30 years of anti-smoking work
Date:10/9/2009

An international award has today been given to the University of Adelaide's Professor Konrad Jamrozik, who has spent the past 30 years campaigning against smoking and helping smokers to kick the habit.

Professor Jamrozik, who is the Head of the School of Population Health and Clinical Practice at the University of Adelaide, Australia, has received the Nigel Gray Award for Achievement in Tobacco Control.

Awarded as part of the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference being held in Darwin this week, the Nigel Gray Award recognizes 'unsung heroes' working in tobacco control throughout Oceania.

Professor Jamrozik's first interests in tobacco control began as a young medical intern at the Royal Hobart Hospital during the late 1970s, where he became acutely aware of the dangerous consequences of smoking and the impact it was having on patients.

"It occurred to me that there was a great deal of absurdity in patients using their dying breaths to smoke one last cigarette, or admitting a patient to hospital for his second heart attack because no-one had convinced him to stop smoking the first time around," Professor Jamrozik says.

His PhD project, undertaken while he was a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford, examined ways in which general practitioners could increase their effectiveness in helping patients who were smokers to give up smoking permanently.

Since the mid 1980s, Professor Jamrozik has combined his academic and clinical work with his passion for tobacco control as a "part-time activist but full-time advocate".

As an academic expert he has generated significant new evidence on the impact of smoking on heart and blood vessel disease, particularly on stroke, and has completed three further large clinical trials looking for better ways to help smokers
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Contact: David Ellis
david.ellis@adelaide.edu.au
61-883-035-414
University of Adelaide
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