The Convention Secretariat commends Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO's department of Prevention of NCDs for receiving the Luther Terry award

Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO's Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) has received the Distinguished Career Luther Terry Award from the American Cancer Society during the 17th World Conference on Tobacco of Health in South Africa. The award recognized Dr Bettcher’s long term and successful public health commitment over the years.

Dr Douglas Bettcher was previously Director of the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) Department in the WHO, which has now become an integral program within the prevention of NCDs Department (PND).

Dr Bettcher has written and led numerous flagship global publications in the area of tobacco control. During the negotiation of the WHO FCTC he held the position of coordinator of the WHO FCTC team, TFI Department at WHO.

During his career, he has demonstrated his determination and commitment to keep tobacco control and the WHO FCTC implementation at the forefront of the global NCD agenda.

Today, the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC congratulates Dr Bettcher for this well-deserved award and praises his outstanding and tireless work for public health.