Colin Mendelsohn

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Colin was a general practitioner for 27 years and now works exclusively with smokers to help them to quit. He has a special interest in the use of less harmful alternatives to smoked tobacco for smokers who are unable to quit (tobacco harm reduction).

He is a member of the Expert Advisory Group that develops the Australian national smoking cessation guidelines and is past Vice President of the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals, Australia’s peak body for experts in the field of smoking cessation.

Colin is actively involved in teaching health professionals and research in smoking cessation and has published widely in the field.


Dr Colin Mendelsohn is one of Australia’s leading experts on smoking and vaping.

He is the Founding Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association charity (ATHRA) and is a member of the committee that develops the RACGP national smoking cessation guidelines.

He was a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Colin works with smokers to help them quit and is actively involved in research, teaching and writing about smoking and vaping.

For more information, visit his website at

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The book is endorsed by leading experts including Professors John Britton, Peter Hajek, Neal Benowitz, Riccardo Polosa, Hayden McRobbie, David Sweanor and Wayne Hall.

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Part 3 explores the controversies about vaping. Why is it opposed by many health and medical authorities? What are the hidden reasons underpinning their objections? How should vaping be regulated and what can we do to accelerate the uptake of vaping?

— Dr Colin Mendelsohn MB BS (Hons), Regarding Stop Smoking Start Vaping

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A Free copy of his e-book is available here or Movies, Videos, Vlogs (and other media) page.