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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TO PRESENT AWARD TO SECRETARY SULLIVAN

 AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TO PRESENT AWARD TO SECRETARY SULLIVAN
 WHO: The American Cancer Society
 WHAT: Will present to Dr. Louis Sullivan, secretary
 of Health and Human Services, the American Cancer
 Society's most prestigious award, the Medal of
 Honor. Making the presentation will be Dr. Harold
 Freeman, past president of the American Cancer
 Society and chairman of the President's Cancer
 Panel.
 WHEN: Monday, Dec. 16, at 8:50 a.m.
 WHERE: The Secretary's Office, The Health and Human
 Services Building, 200 Independence Ave. S.W.,
 Room 615, Washington, D.C. 20201. Photo
 opportunity only.
 Dr. Louis Sullivan will receive the American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor for "bringing public attention to the importance of tobacco control and for steadfast leadership in the fight to protect Americans from the health consequences of tobacco use."
 Dr. Sullivan has been particularly vocal on the importance of smoking cessation and has been a strong supporter of preventing young people from starting to smoke.
 Following is a news release on the award presentation for Monday distribution.
 SECRETARY SULLIVAN AWARDED AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY MEDAL OF HONOR
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Cancer Society presented Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., Secretary of Health and Human Services, with its most prestigious award, the Medal of Honor, at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., Dec. 16.
 As head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Sullivan oversees the federal agency responsible for the major health, welfare, food and drug safety, medical research, and income security programs serving the American people.
 Dr. Sullivan was honored for "bringing public attention to the importance of tobacco control and for steadfast leadership in the fight to protect Americans from the health consequences of tobacco use."
 In presenting the award, Dr. Harold Freeman, past president of the American Cancer Society and chairman of the President's Cancer Panel, said: "The American Cancer Society is fortunate to be able to count our nation's foremost health official as an important ally. Dr. Sullivan's efforts have given the battle against cancer a tremendous boost."
 Dr. Sullivan, who has been particularly vocal on the importance of smoking cessation, has encouraged health insurers to provide payment for smoking cessation treatments that are shown to be effective. He has said that "at a minimum, the treatment of nicotine addiction should be considered as favorably by third-party payors as treatment of alcoholism and illicit drug addiction."
 He has also been a strong supporter of preventing young people from starting to smoke and has said that "access to cigarettes is still too easy for those who are under the legal age, and the tobacco industry continues to advertise in a shameless manner to susceptible young people."
 Dr. Sullivan has served as secretary of HHS since 1989. Prior to that, he was president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
 The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education and service.
 CONTACT: Curtis Allen of the American Cancer Society, 404-329-7920, or Monday, 202-546-4011.
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