Earlier this year, the ASPPH Board of Directors bestowed ASPPH Special Recognition Awards to Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. Throughout his career Senator Durbin has been a leader in seeking to reduce tobacco use. He led the successful campaign to rid airplanes of cigarettes. He also was a lead author on legislation that now allows the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco. In the past year, Senator Durbin successfully pushed for raising the Federal minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21 and continues to push for a ban on all kid-friendly flavored tobacco products and stricter enforcement of the laws intended to prevent under-age smoking. Congresswoman DeLauro is the Chair of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Under her leadership, Congress in December passed – for the first time in over 20 years – explicit funding for gun violence research at NIH and CDC. She also has played a key leadership role in the effort to prevent the use of tobacco products by teenagers. Congresswoman DeLauro and Senator Durbin recorded short videos thanking ASPPH for both the recognition and our assistance in advancing our shared agendas. The video recorded by Senator Durbin is here and the video by Congresswoman DeLauro is here.