Professor Ann McNeill
Ann McNeill is a Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London and Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Control Studies. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class joint honours degree in Zoology and Psychology in 1982 and since that time has held a variety of academic and public sector posts focusing largely on tobacco control.
Ann has an established international reputation, receiving a World Health Organisation award for contributions to tobacco control in 1998. She has published more than 250 academic papers, book chapters, reports and opinion pieces on the subject and her research ranges across prevention, cessation, harm reduction and local, national and international policy.
She was a co-author of the recent systematic review of tobacco product packaging which underpinned the government consultation on plain packaging and she has also evaluated point of sale display bans.
Ann has previously been a Trustee for other charities such as No Smoking Day and Quit and is currently a Trustee of the Society for Study of Addictions.
Ann believes through its evidence based strategy, there are huge opportunities for Healthier Futures to ensure that research is translated into policy and practice and, in particular, to result in reductions in smoking and health inequalities both locally and nationally.
Ann also believes that given what we now know about the dangers of smoking and tobacco smoke pollution, we all have a duty to avoid exposing children to smoking behaviour and tobacco smoke.