Principal Investigator




“As smoking dwindles to a minority activity in the UK, the number of smokers is still increasing elsewhere. Smoking kills more people every year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. By 2030, it’s predicted that more than 80% of tobacco-related deaths will occur in low and middle income countries.

“The tobacco epidemic was created in the developed world, where smoking rates sky-rocketed in previous decades. It took us many years to work out how to bring them down, through research, advocacy, communicating health risks, and introducing evidence-based policies. This funding will allow us to work with countries that are now at the forefront of efforts to combat the world’s biggest preventable causes of death.”

International Tobacco Control Programme Team
Natalie Varney


Natalie is International Tobacco Control Manager at Cancer Research UK. With over 5 years’ experience in the third sector she has a background in Corporate Partnerships for both UK and International NGOs.

Prior to working in the third sector, Natalie worked for Lloyds of London for three years as an Underwriter. She achieved a BSc in History and Politics from Brunel University.

Priscilla Tiigah


Priscilla Tiigah is a Policy and Research Advisor at Cancer Research UK’s international tobacco control programme. She has an interest in public health policy, advocacy and international development.

Prior to Cancer Research UK her background includes experiences in other third sector organisations working on quality improvement in the NHS, public affairs, and global health. She achieved an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.