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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly Accepts Public Health Leadership Award for Work to Ban Com. Tob.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
President Ben Shelly
Vice President Rex Lee Jim

CONTACT: Charmaine Jackson
Communications Director
Office:(928) 871-7884
Cell:(928) 637-5507

For Immediate Release
July 6, 2011

President Ben Shelly Accepts Public Health Leadership Award

Washington, D.C.-Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly accepted the Indian
Health Service (IHS) Director's Special Recognition Award from IHS
Director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux on June 29, at their annual awards
ceremony held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American
Indian. He was selected for 'outstanding public health leadership' for
his tremendous efforts to ban the use of commercial tobacco products in
public places on the Navajo Nation.

As the first-ever tribal leader selected to receive the award, President
Shelly appreciated being recognized for his work. "The Shelly-Jim
Administration is currently working on legislation to protect the health
of our children, families, workers and citizens against secondhand
smoke, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases caused by using
commercial tobacco products," President Shelly said after the ceremony.
"We appreciate IHS's recognition and support."

The Administration is working with the public, health advocates and
organizations to pass tobacco-free legislation, taking commercial
tobacco out of workplaces and indoor public places on the Navajo Nation.
The proposed ban would not affect the use of tobacco in traditional

According to IHS, the director recognizes individuals or groups of
employees whose special efforts and contributions, beyond regular duty
requirements, have resulted in significant benefits to the programs or
customers of IHS and fulfillment of its mission.


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