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American Legacy Foundation® Announces Lecture Series on Tobacco Policy and Enforcement in Honor of Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell

The American Legacy Foundation®—a national public health foundation dedicated to reducing tobacco use in the U.S.—is proud to announce a new lecture series on tobacco policy and enforcement in honor of Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell. The series serves as an expression of gratitude for Attorney General Sorrell’s six years of dedicated service and leadership on Legacy’s board of directors, and for his longtime work and commitment to reducing tobacco use in the U.S.

Through a $200,000 endowment to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Mission Foundation, the new William H. Sorrell Lecture Series on Tobacco Policy and Enforcement will include an annual lecture by a nationally recognized expert in tobacco policy or enforcement during one of NAAG’s three annual meetings. Tobacco control is a core issue NAAG members are engaged in, and the lecture series will ensure NAAG members hear firsthand regarding innovative research, key policy initiatives, or other issues in tobacco control from leading experts in the public health field.

Attorney General Sorrell has been a leader among his peers throughout his decade-long career as Vermont’s Attorney General. He has been an active participant in the fight against tobacco for many years, continuing to uphold the strict economic and groundbreaking public health guidelines of the settlement. He served as chair of the NAAG Tobacco Committee, where he led the states toward meaningful action toward any tobacco industry violations of the agreement. He then served as president of NAAG in 2004, and has also served as co-chair of the NAAG Consumer Protection Committee.

The American Legacy Foundation was created out of the landmark 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), with the mission to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. It is a requirement of the MSA that the American Legacy Foundation’s Board of Directors include two Attorneys General. Attorney General Sorrell joined the Legacy Board in 2002 and has since been a central force in guiding the foundation towards fulfillment of its mission. Attorney General Sorrell is the Board’s outgoing Chairman and also served previously as the Board Treasurer.

"It has been my great pleasure to be involved in anti-tobacco efforts. I'm deeply honored by this recognition," said Attorney General Sorrell.

In June of 2003, Attorney General Sorrell was chosen by his fellow Attorneys General to receive NAAG’s Kelley-Wyman Award, given annually to the “Outstanding Attorney General” who has done the most to further the goals of the nation’s attorneys general.

“On behalf of our President, Attorney General Patrick Lynch, the National Association of Attorneys General is truly honored and grateful for the generosity of the American Legacy Foundation and its support of the work of Attorneys General in enforcing the provisions of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement through the establishment of the William H. Sorrell Lecture series,” NAAG Executive Director Jim McPherson said.

“As the first gift of its kind in the history of our 100-year-old Association, this endowment will allow NAAG to continue to provide Attorneys General and their staffs with invaluable opportunities for intellectual debate, discussion and understanding of tobacco-related topics. And it is a fitting tribute to an individual who has successfully spearheaded national efforts to preserve the integrity of the MSA and eliminate youth smoking,” McPherson said.

The American Legacy Foundation® is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Located in Washington, D.C., the foundation develops programs that address the health effects of tobacco use, especially among vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the toll of tobacco, through grants, technical assistance and training, partnerships, youth activism, and counter-marketing and grassroots marketing campaigns.

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