American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation Leader recognized with "Innovators Award"

July 31, 2001
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cynthia Hallett, MPH
American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation
(510) 841-3045

BERKELEY, Calif. - The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF) announced today that longtime leader, Julia Carol, is one of only five recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's prestigious "Innovators Combating Substance Abuse" awards program which rewards individuals and organizations for their extraordinary efforts in combating substance abuse.

The former Executive Director and current Director of Special Programs, Ms. Carol has 17 years of experience dedicated to "clearing secondhand smoke from the air; raising a generation of smokefree youth; and countering Big Tobacco's distorting influence in communities and on lawmakers nationwide." During her service at ANRF, Carol has been instrumental in the passage of more than a thousand local smoke-free ordinances across the United States, creating the award winning smoking prevention program "Teens As Teachers," and the eventual elimination of smoking on domestic airline flights.

Ms. Carol also served on a number of special committees and boards, including the Congressional Advisory Committee on Tobacco Policy and Public Health, chaired by Dr. C. Everett Koop and Dr. David A. Kessler.

"It is a tremendous honor for me and everyone affiliated with The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation to be recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation," said Carol. "It is through such grants and awards that we have been able to grow from a one-time local grassroots organization into the current team of public health professionals who provide assistance and expertise across the country -- all the while battling a multi-billion-dollar industry, year-in and year-out."

The Innovators Award includes a $300,000 grant which will be used to post a user-friendly resource database on the world wide web for free use by health advocates, reporters, policy makers, researchers, and more throughout the nation and globally.

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating secondhand smoke from indoor environments and raising a generation of smokefree youth.

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