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.