Dr Fenton Howell qualified in medicine from UCD in 1983. He is the National Tobacco Control Advisor to the Department of Health. Prior to this appointment in September 2013 he was the National Lead for the Prevention of Chronic Disease Programme within the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate in the HSE. He is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Public Health in the Dept of Public Health and Primary Care at TCD.
He is a Fellow of both the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Ireland and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is a past Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Ireland, and Past President of both the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and the Irish Medical Organisation. He has previously served on the boards of ASH Ireland, Tobacco Free Research Institute, Institute of Public Health in Ireland and the Medical Bureau of Road Safety and he chaired the Prevention Working Group for the Ireland-Northern Ireland-National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium.