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

to quit.

"I have always aimed to keep the urgency of the problem in view," he says.

His work on deaths attributable to passive smoking was cited at least nine times in the Westminster Parliamentary debate that led to the adoption of smoke-free legislation. A conservative estimate is that that legislation will prevent more than 100,000 premature deaths, principally through its effects in prompting active smokers to quit.

Professor Jamrozik's work has helped to raise the awareness and visibility of tobacco health warnings, and he has been instrumental in promoting a third category of victims of smoking: "The children who are orphaned by their parents' smoking add measurably to the problem of the avoidable death and disease to the parents themselves, and to the harm done by passive smoking."

Professor Jamrozik's contributions to tobacco control have included:

  • Chair of the Australian Council of Smoking and Health;
  • Chair of the National Heart Foundation's Tobacco Control Committee;
  • various contributions to the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians in London, the Health Education and Health Protection Authorities in the United Kingdom, and to the World Health Organization in Geneva;
  • membership of the Second National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Inquiry into the impact of passive smoking on health; and
  • presentations to the European Parliament regarding deaths attributable to passive smoking across all 25 member nations of the expanded European Community.

Professor Jamrozik says his award points directly to "Australia's sustained and distinguished record on international leadership and innovation in tobacco control".

Also receiving the Nigel Gray Award today was New Zealand anti-smoking campaigner Shane Bradbrook.


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Contact: David Ellis
david.ellis@adelaide.edu.au
61-883-035-414
University of Adelaide
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