International authority on tobacco control wins WHO award

June 27, 2014

Teh-Wei Hu receives WHO awardProfessor Emeritus Teh-wei Hu was recently honored by the World Health Organization (WHO) with a 2014 World No Tobacco Day Award for the Western Pacific Region, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to economic tobacco control.

Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. The awards are presented on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, to no more than six individuals or organizations per region. The theme for 2014 World No Tobacco Day was “Raise taxes on tobacco,” an area in which Hu has worked tirelessly and effectively.

The author of about 200 publications, Hu has specialized in tobacco tax policy research nationally and internationally.  Hu and his colleagues made major contributions to evaluations of two California tobacco tax reform initiatives, Proposition 99 and Proposition 10. Hu has played a major role in reforming the health systems of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and has devoted much of his time to trying to solve health problems there, particularly smoking in China. He edited Tobacco Control Policy Analysis in China, the first book to analyze tobacco control policies in China from the perspectives of economics and health. He has advised the Chinese Ministry of Health, the World Bank, the CDC, and the WHO about health care financing and tobacco control.

Hu received his award at the Ministry of Health in Bejing, during its WHO World No Tobacco Day ceremony.

By Linda Anderberg

Related information:

Teh-wei Hu talks about WHO World No Tobacco Day on CCTV America (5/31/2014, video)