On Wednesday, May 6th Tobacco Free Mass celebrated its

3rd Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser. 

Thank you to Honorary Chair, Dr. Howard Koh and

Keynote Speaker, Dr. John Seffrin


Thank you to our event sponsors for helping us honor our awardees









Awardees: BOLD Teens, CVS Health, Lynn Nicholas, FACHE - President and CEO,

Massachusetts Hospital Association, John Seffrin, PhD - Immediate Past CEO, American Cancer Society, and Stephen Shestakofsky, Esq., Massachusetts Public Health Association


Thank you to our special guest, Jeff the Diseased Lung in a Cowboy Hat courtesy of

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids







Second Annual Fundraiser

Thank you to John Auerbach, Harold Cox, and Rachel Kaprielian our Co-chairs and Honorary chair. You made our April 3rd celebration of smoke-free workplaces in Massachusetts a huge success!

Please check out our YouTube channel to view our video vignettes that re-tell the story of smoke-free workplaces in the state and help viewers understand the important role that Tobacco Free Mass plays in achieving smoke-free environments to protect public health.

Congratulations to Roger Berkowitz and the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards for earning the Tobacco Free Mass Champion Award for all your great work in making indoor workplaces and public venues smoke-free! Thank you for making us all healthier!



Also in special recognition of the contributions and dedication of Dr. Blake Cady, this year Tobacco Free Mass chose create a distinct award named in his honor. Cheryl Sbarra and DJ Wilson were this year's recipients of the Blake Cady, M.D. Leadership in Tobacco Control Award. Congratulations and thank you!

Thank you to our Sponsors

Silver Level


Bronze Level


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Becoming Tobacco-Free

Massachusetts colleges and universities are invited to send 2-3 campus and student leaders to learn more about the benefits and resources available to implement a tobacco-free campus policy.  Dr. Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be the keynote speaker.  Panelists, including Clifford Douglas, J.D. of the Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative at the University of Michigan, Dr. Douglas Ziedonis of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, John Auerbach, M.B.A. of Northeastern University and former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Veronica Gates, Alumna of Quinsigamond Community College, and President Meservey, R.N. of Salem State University will share best practices, lessons learned, and challenges to consider in implementing a tobacco-free policy.

Friday, October 25, 2013 8:30am-2:30pm
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Albert Sherman Building, 2nd Floor Auditorium
55 North Lake Avenue | Worcester, MA  01605

We wish to express our gratitude to our Bronze sponsors for their generous support:



Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health

Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, remarkable progress has been made. Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States.

In 2014, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.



Celebrating 20 Years of Question 1 and Tobacco Control in Massachusetts

Left to Rigth: Dr. Thomas Sullivan (past chair), Dr. Jack Evjy (past chair), Kitty Jerome (past ED), Candace Pierce-Lavin (past ED), Lori Fresina (past ED), Tami Gouveia (current ED), Dr. Alice Coombs (past chair), Dr. Carole Allen (past chair), Stephen Shestakofsky (past ED)


On April 11th Tobacco Free Mass joined over 130 supporters and allies to celebrate 20 years of Making Smoking History in Massachusetts. In 1992, the American Cancer Society, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts started a fight against Big Tobacco. It began with Question 1 – a ballot initiative to raise the cigarette excise tax by $.25 and devote the revenue to programs to reduce tobacco use in the Commonwealth. The fight continues to this day with more than 50 partnering organizations and thousands of grassroots advocates across the Commonwealth. 

We wish to express our gratitude to our sponsors for their generous support



Abt Associates

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights

American Heart/American Stroke Association

American Lung Association

Baystate Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

BU School of Public Health

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Delta Dental



Harvard School of Public Health

Health Resources in Action


John Marttila

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachsuetts Medical Society

Massachusetts Medical Society Alliance

Massachsuetts Association of Health Boards

Metrowest Foundation