David Sweanor is an adjunct professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics, University of Ottawa and a honorary (consultant) assistant professor, University of Nottingham. He has been actively involved in tobacco and health policy issues since the beginning of the 1980s. He has worked with numerous organisations, including the International Union Against Cancer, World Health Organization, World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization, and currently focuses much of his efforts on risk reduction strategies. He has received both international recognition and prestigious prizes for his work.