Professor Ann McNeill is Professor of Tobacco Addiction and lead of the Nicotine Research Group in the Addictions Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She was interviewed by Dr Debbie Robson in 2018 for the Women in Addiction project. Ann talks about choosing to take a break from the UK education system early in her career, bringing lived experience to her academic positions, and finding role models in feminist literature.