Professor John Britton will receive the BTS medal at a ceremony during the Society's Winter Meeting on 5th December. The Medal is awarded annually to distinguished individuals who have greatly contributed to Respiratory Medicine in Britain.
Professor Britten is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham and Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences. His main area of research is smoking prevention and other avoidable causes of chronic respiratory disease.
He has been awarded the 2018 BTS Medal in recognition of his work over many years as a leading contributor to the development of tobacco control and smoking cessation policy in the UK and beyond. John has been Chair of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group for many years and been a key influencer in several of the College’s influential reports including:-
- Hiding in plain sight – treating tobacco dependency in the NHS
- Nicotine without smoke – tobacco harm reduction
He has also been involved with Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), producing among other reports “Smoking Still Kills”.
These reports have helped to drive reductions in smoking in the UK; have been influential internationally; and have helped to advance smoke free legislation and the introduction of plain packaging.
Prof. Britton was also Editor –in-Chief of the Society’s journal Thorax throughout the latter half of the 1990s, with Professor Alan Knox.
Professor Paul Corris also receives a BTS Medal in 2018.