Judith Mackay

Judith Mackay is a British medical doctor, living in Hong Kong since 1967, initially working as a hospital physician, then since 1984 concentrating on public health, especially tobacco control. She is the Director, Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control, Special Advisor, Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, and Senior Policy Advisor, WHO.


She has published 260 papers and addressed 600 conferences on tobacco control. Her particular interests are tobacco and women, tobacco control in low and middle-income countries, new tobacco products, and in challenging the tobacco industry. She is author or co-author of a dozen Myriad atlases – portraying health statistics in a colourful, graphic format – on health, sex, tobacco, cardiovascular disease, cancer, oral health, and Global Adult Tobacco Surveys. 


She is an Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health, HKU. She has received honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Shue Yan University in Hong Kong. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology, and the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine.  In addition to many international and national awards ranging from the WHO Commemorative Medal and the TIME 100 World’s Most Influential People Award to the BMJ Group’s first Lifetime Achievement Award, she has been identified by the tobacco industry as one of the three most dangerous people in the world.