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Emeritus Professor in Public Health, University of Sydney

Simon Chapman AO PhD FASSA HonFFPH(UK) is Emeritus Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney. He has published over 530 articles in peer reviewed journals and 22 books and major reports. His H index is 72 and he has over 18,700 citations. His Conversation articles have been read over 3.737 million times.

In 1997 he won the World Health Organization's World No Tobacco Day Medal and in 2003 he was voted by his international peers to be awarded the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Award for outstanding individual leadership in tobacco control. In 2008 he won the NSW Premier’s Cancer Researcher of the Year medal; the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax medal; and was a NSW finalist in Australian of the Year. He was deputy editor (1992-1997) then editor (1998-2008) of the British Medical Journal's, Tobacco Control and is now its Editor Emeritus. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2013 and was named Australian Skeptic of the Year.

He blogs at

His open access books, including the latest (Quit Smoking Weapons of Mass Distraction. Sydney University Press 2022) are available here and have been accessed 245,000 times


  • 2016–present
    Emeritus professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • 2000–2015
    Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney


  • 1984 
    University of Sydney, PhD

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)