Tyler Ward, youngest winner of Norman C. Delarue award

    2007 recognition award presented by Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada

    EDMONTON, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Tyler Ward, a University of Toronto student and
executive director of Education-Bringing Youth Tobacco Truths (E-BUTT) became
the youngest winner of the Norman C. Delarue award today, presented by
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada.
    Ward became the 14th recipient for his work to raise awareness about
tobacco, schools and young people, and for successfully petitioning the
University of Toronto to remove tobacco products from campus and sell-off its
tobacco industry investments.
    "I am deeply honoured to be chosen for this prestigious award," said
Ward, followed by deafening applause. "There are countless others who have
achieved amazing things in tobacco control, and there is still much to be
done. I dedicate this award to all of you as we work together for a smoke-free
    After the presentation, Ward left the conference to present a letter to
Dr. Indira Samarasekera, president at the University of Alberta, requesting
that the institution halt tobacco industry research grants and donations, and
sell-off any tobacco-related investments.
    "The University of Alberta needs to follow the lead of its health-related
schools and stop accepting money from an industry whose products kill more
than 50 per cent of long-term users," said Ward. "In fact, all institutions of
higher education should cut ties to an industry that has repeatedly lied to
the public, manipulated research and deceived governments over the health
concerns and addictiveness of the products they sell."
    E-BUTT's latest campaign is called RID (Research-Investments-Donations),
and aims to bring students, faculty and the general public across Canada
together on this important issue.
    "We applaud Tyler for everything he has done at such a young age to
improve the health of Canadians," said Cynthia Callard, executive director,
Physician's for a Smoke-Free Canada. "He was very deserving of this honour and
we anticipate great work from him in the future."

    Tobacco use is the largest cause of preventable death and disease.
Smoke-free initiatives protect the public against the harmful effects of
second-hand smoke and make a world of difference in improving health. Actions
must be taken at every level to achieve a smoke-free Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Matt Drennan-Scace,
Communications, National Conference on Tobacco or Health, (416) 951-7956;
Stuart Adams, Communications Consultant, National Conference on Tobacco or
Health, (780) 995-0156

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