Statement issued Friday:
Tuesday night, at the Alcohol Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD) section’s 25th Anniversary awards event Karla Sneegas, Executive Director of the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency (ITPC), received the prestigious John D. Slade, MD, Memorial Advocacy Award. The award acknowledges the work of an individual who has demonstrated leadership, resourcefulness and passion in organizing and completing a policy related campaign in the ATOD field.
“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this year’s advocacy award. John was a world-renowned tobacco control researcher, but his passion for advocacy work is what I remember most,” said Sneegas.
The awards event was part of the American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition: Social Justice, held November 6 -10 in Denver, Colorado. Each year groundbreaking health data is released during the APHA annual meeting. This year’s meeting charged each participant to become primary advocates in their communities, educating on social health issues.
Ms. Sneegas went on to say: “This award is really recognizing the great progress our state program is achieving and I am proud of that; but we have much work before us to lower Indiana’s smoking rate. The ITPC staff and partners will not be satisfied until everyone in Indiana is safe from the dangers of tobacco use.”
Under Sneegas’ leadership, ITPC has achieved significant results in reducing tobacco use among youth and adults; and she has work tirelessly in helping communities become smoke-free. In addition to receiving the John D. Slade, MD, Memorial Advocacy Award, Karla Sneegas has also been named the Vice-Chair of the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC). NAQC is an international, non-profit membership organization, which seeks to promote evidence-based quitline services across diverse communities in North America.
According to Sneegas, “ITPC being recognized by such credible national and international organizations allows us to share best practices, research and experiences to help other agencies reduce tobacco use.”