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IGTC Alumni Award in Tobacco Control Advocacy

Deborah Sy

Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program, 2008

Ms. Deborah Sy is the Executive Director of Health Justice. She is an alumna of the 2008 Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program. Ms. Sy is among the first female lawyers in the Philippines to be engaged in tobacco control. In 2006, she represented an advertising executive, who almost lost his leg to a smoking-related disease, and filed a criminal case against Philip Morris (Philippines) for its alleged failure to place effective health warnings on their cigarette packs--the first criminal case to be brought against the tobacco industry. Ms. Sy is the co-author of ‘Lawyers Manual’ which is the first of its kind to be used by lawyers and advocates in the region. This Manual addresses the main arguments raised by the tobacco industry and provides legal arguments that governments and advocates can use to support the implementation of FCTC Articles. In her work with various NGOs, the University of the Philippines Law Development Foundation, and other local partners, she has been instrumental in the development of legal arguments and evidence for various government policies such as model templates and toolkits for 100% Smoke Free local government units, model template bills on graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging, and the ban on misleading descriptors. Internationally, Ms. Sy has represented the Philippine government in various negotiations, meetings, and working groups, including the WHO FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) and the UN High Level Meeting on the NCDs.

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