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petePeter Hanauer (b. 1939) is a pioneer of the nonsmokers’ rights movement and a founder of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR). In the 1970’s, he co-founded California Group Against Smoking Pollution (GASP), which eventually became ANR, a non-profit organization that advocates for the regulation of smoking in workplaces and public places, including restaurants, bars, and gambling facilities.  Hanauer was one of several individuals to receive leaked documents from tobacco industry whistle blower Merrell Williams Jr.; “The Cigarette Papers,” which Hanauer co-authored, is an analysis of those documents.  These papers were followed by similar revelations from fellow whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand, whose actions also became the basis of the film “The Insider,” starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino.  In 1988, Hanauer was one of several recipients of the Luther L Terry Award for “A Unique Contribution toward a Smoke-Free Society,” and in 2002 he received the American Lung Association’s “Unsung Hero Award,” an honor he accepted from former US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

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