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Mr. David T. Sweanor

Board Member Emeritus Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law University of Ottawa Ottawa, Canada

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa; Special Lecturer, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham

David is a Canadian lawyer who has worked in global public health efforts on tobacco for over 30 years. He has played a key role in Canadian efforts on tobacco taxation, smuggling, advertising restrictions, package labeling, environmental tobacco smoke, cessation, product regulation and other issues. In addition, he has been active on a similar range of global issues, working with bodies such as the International Union Against Cancer, World Health Organization, World Bank and numerous governments and health agencies. He has also played an active role in global tobacco litigation, particularly in relation to contraband. His travels have taken him to roughly 70 countries and among his honors is a ‘Public Health Hero’ award for lifetime achievement from the Pan-American Health Organization.

His primary area of work has been the interaction of law and economics as a determinant of public health, with particular recent emphasis on tax policy, contraband tobacco, provision of tobacco dependence treatment products and the changing landscape of reduced risk products. He has been widely published in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as having authored work for major international health and social service organizations.

David has been active on international development issues concerning tobacco since the mid-1980s and first started his board duties with HealthBridge/PATH Canada in the early 1990s. He is also a keen long distance bicyclist, runner and gardener and a voracious reader.