Tobacco Control

28 Feb 2014
Professor Chapman

Researchers in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney have been at  the forefront of tobacco control, and have contributed greatly to the declining  usage of this dangerous substance in Australia and internationally. The research  activity and public awareness is led by Simon Chapman, a life-long anti-smoking  advocate, having been a founding member of the activist group “BUGA-UP” in the  late 1970s, one of the people responsible for exposing the smoking industry  cover-up about the adverse health effects of smoking.

Professor Chapman is arguably Australia’s foremost tobacco control researcher.  His first tobacco control publication was published in 1980. He has since gone  on to publish 174 research articles, 56 editorials and 127 commentaries in  peer-reviewed journals. He has also published over 144 opinion pieces in leading  Australian newspapers, making him a household name with scientists and regular  Australians.

His expertise has been sought by international organisations  and his contribution awarded by national and international bodies. From  1984-2002, he was a member of the World Health Organization's Expert Advisory  Panel on Tobacco and Health. In 1997 he won the World Health Organisation's  'World No Tobacco Day' Medal, and in 2003, his international peers voted him to  receive the Terry Luther medal for outstanding individual leadership in tobacco control.