Dr Colin Mendelsohn MB BS (Hons)

General practitioner, Founding Chairman

Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association


Colin was a GP in Sydney, Australia for 27 years with a special interest in smoking cessation and now works exclusively in tobacco treatment. He is a member of the committee that develops the Australian RACGP national smoking cessation guidelines and is the Founding Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association. Colin was a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and is the author of a new book, Stop Smoking Start Vaping, an evidence-based self-help guide to vaping.

Apart from his clinical and university work, Colin has conducted hundreds of workshops and lectures around Australia and New Zealand teaching students, medical practitioners and other health professionals how to help smokers quit. For many years he was actively involved in researching, developing and teaching Smokescreen for the 1990s, a program developed at the University of New South Wales for use by general practitioners to help smokers quit


I have no financial or commercial relationship with any electronic cigarette or tobacco company. Never have, never will.

I provide advice to the pharmaceutical industry and other organisations that require specialist advice in the field of smoking cessation. I have received payments for teaching, consulting and conference expenses from Pfizer Australia, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson Pacific and Perrigo Australia.


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