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Monday
Nov212016

Sheila take a bow

Only a curmudgeon would begrudge Sheila Duffy, CEO of ASH Scotland, an award for her tireless efforts to turn Scotland into a smoke free nation.

So I'm a curmudgeon.

This morning I saw several tweets congratulating Duffy for winning the snappily titled Scottish Cancer Foundation Prize and Evans Forrest Medal.

Now in its second year the prize is awarded by the SCF to "support the work of those dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in Scotland."

The tweets I have seen refer only to the Evans Forrest Medal which is named "in recognition of the founders of the Scottish Cancer Foundation".

Perhaps it's too indelicate to mention in a tweet but the winner of the SCF Prize also gets "up to £10,000".

Nice one!

I'm not suggesting there's anything wrong with this, btw. I'm curious however about the phrases "to support the work of" and "up to £10,000".

Exactly how much will Sheila receive for winning the SCF Prize, will the money go to her or the taxpayer-funded organisation that employs her, and how will it be spent?

Just asking.

PS. When the first SCF Prize was launched last year it was stated "Applicants may be nominated or be self nominated."

I'd love to know who nominated Sheila.

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Reader Comments (4)

More evidence that tobacco control is a 'self-locking ice cream cone'.

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 16:17 | Unregistered CommenterVinny Gracchus

Wow - now they hand out rewards to bullies. Nasties.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 7:42 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

Her so called efforts to turn Scotland into a smoke free nation will surely result in concentration camps for many people who enjoy tobacco and will never give up. Perhaps that will happen ?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 15:12 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy Goodacre

Nah - not that but we will ultimately face prison when Shiela and Co's efforts lead to a criminal offence for possession of tobacco. You know it is "the next logical step" when they get their hospital outdoor ban, school gate ban, park ban, and general outdoor ban, all car ban and then home ban. About 5 years they way are going unchallenged and without scrutiny.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 18:57 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

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