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
Laura Hucks


Laura leads Cancer Research UK's international tobacco control program. With over 18 years of international development experience she has a background in policy, research and behaviour change communication.

Prior to Cancer Research UK, she worked for BBC Media Action as a Senior Programme Manager, for Oxfam as a Global Adviser and for WaterAid, both in London and in Tanzania, where she was Head of Research, Policy and Advocacy. She achieved a MSc in Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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.