Judith Mackay // The Global Tobacco Epidemic: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Judith MckayFlyerJanuary 20, 2010 —A USC Provost’s Distinguished Visitor, Judith Mackay is a senior policy advisor at the World Health Organization. Her lecture delved into the field of tobacco control—the good, the bad and the ugly.


This lecture was hosted in partnership with the U.S.-China Institute and the School of Social Work.



Judith Mackay

Senior Policy Advisor
World Health Organization

Dr. Judith Mackay graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and has lived in Hong Kong since 1967, initially working as a hospital physician, then since 1984 concentrating on broader issues of public health, especially tobacco control.

She is Senior Advisor, World Lung Foundation/Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use; Director of the Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control, and Senior Policy Advisor to World Health Organisation.

She is the Director of the Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control, a coordinating organisation to facilitate the sharing of information, experience and expertise on tobacco control amongst countries in the Asia Pacific region. Her particular interest is tobacco control policy in developing countries, and tobacco and women. She has developed extensive experience in working with national governments and health organizations in Asia in developing comprehensive tobacco control policies, particularly in Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

She has published 180 academic papers and addressed 380 conferences world wide on varied aspects of tobacco control and other aspects of public health. She has authored or co-authored several atlases: “The State of Health Atlas” (1994), “The Penguin Atlas of Human Sexual Behavior” (2000), “The Tobacco Atlas” (WHO 2002, ACS 2006, ACS 2009), “The Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke” (WHO, 2004),“The Cancer Atlas” (2006), “Global Tobacco Surveillance System Atlas” (CDC 2009), and “The Atlas of Oral Health” (FDI 2009). In addition, she has contributed chapters to many other books.

She has received the WHO Commemorative Medal, the APACT Presidential and Founding International Achievement Awards, an award from the UICC, and national awards or medals from Hong Kong (the Silver Bauhinia Star), the United Kingdom (MBE, then OBE), the United States of America (the US Surgeon General’s Medallion), Thailand and China. In 2000, she received the Luther Terry Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership, USA; the King’s Royal Award: Commander of the Most Admirable Order of Direkgunabhorn, Thailand; and the 2000 Healthrack “Fries” Prize, USA. In 2006, she was awarded the INWAT (International Network of Women Against Tobacco) Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006, she was selected by Time Magazine as one of 60 Asian Heroes from the previous 60 years; in 2007 was selected as one of the Time 100 World’s Most Influential People, and in 2009 received the British Medical Journal Group first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

She regards it as a particular honour to have been identified by the transnational tobacco companies as one of the three most dangerous people in the world.

She has been active in women’s issues for decades (including being a founding member of the HK Women’s Commission, and founding member of the IWF HK chapter); anti-corruption activities, the Hospital Authority and many other areas. She is married to a doctor and has two sons, one a medical doctor and the other an environmental scientist. She swims, plays golf to a modest handicap, and collects jokes.


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