Judith Mackay

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Dr. Judith Mackay
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Judith Mackay OBE
Born 1943 (age 74–75)
Yorkshire, England
Residence  Hong Kong
Citizenship  United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Known for Tobacco control advocate
Scientific career
Fields Public health

Judith Longstaff Mackay, SBS, OBE, JP, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lon) (born 1943 in Yorkshire, England) is a British-born and Hong Kong–based medical doctor and international tobacco control advocate who has led a campaign against tobacco in Asia from 1984 onwards, campaigning for tax increases to discourage youth smoking, for the creation of smoke-free areas, and against tobacco promotion. Her main interests are tobacco in low-income countries, women and tobacco, and challenging the transnational tobacco companies.


Mackay completed her medical training in Edinburgh and is now a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and London. Mackay holds professorships at the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine in Beijing, the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong,[1] and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


In 1989 Mackay started the Hong Kong–based Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control and worked unpaid for 20 years devoting herself to tobacco control issues.[2] Currently she is a Senior Advisor for Vital Strategies, formerly known as World Lung Foundation, partner of the Bloomberg Initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries.[3]. Mackay is a Senior Policy Advisor to the World Health Organization.

She has published more than 240 papers and spoken at 550 conferences on public health, especially tobacco control, and serves as advisor or on the board of many international health organisations. She feels passionately about converting health statistics into maps and graphics, and has authored or co-authored 12 atlases, most published by Myriad Editions.


In 1988 she was awarded the World Health Organization Commemorative Medal, in 1989 the US Surgeon General's medallion, and in 1992 the APACT Presidential Award. In 2000 she was selected by her peers for the Luther Terry Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership. In 2006 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT), the Silver Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong government, and the 60 Asian Heroes Award by TIME Magazine. In 2007 she received the Time 100 award for her work, in 2008 an OBE from Queen Elizabeth, and in 2009 the first-ever British Medical Journal award for lifetime achievement.[4].She has received an award from His Majesty the King of Thailand for her work in Tobacco Control.[5][6] In 2010, her work was profiled by CNN.[7] In 2015 she received an honorary degree, Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa, from Hong Kong Shue Yan University. In 2016 she received an honorary degree, Doctor honoris causa, from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, her alma mater. She has been named as one of the three most dangerous people in the world by the tobacco industry.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She plays golf and practises taichi, her favourite being the 56-sword programme.[citation needed]


  • The State of Health Atlas. Myriad Editions; Simon and Schuster 1993. English and American editions (Simon and Schuster); German (Dietz); French (Editions Autrement); Swedish (Bokskogen) Health Atlas
  • The Penguin Atlas of Human Sexual Behavior. Myriad Editions; Penguin, 2000; (and in French and German)
  • The Tobacco Atlas (with Dr Michael Eriksen). Myriad Editions; World Health Organization, 2002, ISBN 92-4-156209-9
  • The Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke (with Dr George A. Mensah). Myriad Editions; World Health Organization, 2004, ISBN 92-4-156276-5
  • The Tobacco Atlas, 2nd edn (with Dr Michael Eriksen, Dr Omar Shafey). Myriad Editions; American Cancer Society, 2006, ISBN 0-944235-58-1
  • The Cancer Atlas (with Ahmedin Jemal, Nancy Lee, Maxwell Parkin). Myriad Editions; American Cancer Society, 2006, ISBN 0-944235-62-X
  • The Tobacco Atlas, 3rd edn (with Dr Omar Shafey, Dr Michael Eriksen, Dr Hana Ross). The American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, 2009
  • The Global Tobacco Surveillance System Atlas (with Charles W. Warren, Samira Asma, Juliette Lee, Veronica Lea). Myriad Editions; Centers for Disease Control Foundation, USA, 2009
  • The Oral Health Atlas (with Roby Beaglehole, Habib Benzian, Jon Crail). Myriad Editions; FDI World Dental Federation 2009 ISBN 978-0-9539261-6-9
  • The Tobacco Atlas, 4th edn (with Michael Eriksen and Hana Ross). The American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, 2012
  • The Tobacco Atlas, 5th edn (with Michael Eriksen, Neil Schluger, Farhad Islami Gomeshtapeh, Jeffrey Drope). The American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, 2015.
  • The GATS Atlas (Global Adult Tobacco Survey) (with S. Asma, S. Y. Song, L. Zhao, J. Morton, K. M. Palipudi, et al.), CDC Foundation, Atlanta, GA, USA, 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ASH Scotland congratulates tobacco campaigner Prof Judith Mackay on lifetime achievement award". ASH Scotland. 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
  2. ^ Philby, Charlotte (9 May 2009). "First person: 'I fought the tobacco industry'". Upfront column. London: The Independent Magazine. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Judith Mackay receives lifetime Achievement Award". World Heart Federation. February 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Judith Mackay receives lifetime Achievement Award". World Heart Federation. February 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
  5. ^ Wigand, Jeffrey (3 May 2007). "Time 100 -HEROES & PIONEERS". Time Magazine. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
  6. ^ Parry, Jane (27 April 2009). "Judith Mackay: brandishing a sword for health". British Medical Journal. 338 (BMJ 2009, 338:b1689): b1689. doi:10.1136/bmj.b1689. PMID 19398477.
  7. ^ "CNN.com Video". CNN.
  8. ^ "Judith Mackay". Woman's Hour. BBC. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009.

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