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Simon Chapman

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 500 articles in peer reviewed journals and 19 books and major reports. His H index is 53 and he has over 10,500 citations.

In 1997 he won the World Health Organisation'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

His recent research involves examining policy how health and medical issues are covered in the news media; how people stop smoking unaided; the psychogenic aspects of wind farms and health; and characteristics of public health research (and its dissemination) which impact on public health policy.

Apocalypse now: wifi and radiation sickness sweeping the world

Mar 21, 2017 00:06 am UTC| Health

In 2006, two researchers, Hallberg and Oberfeld, published a terrifying forecast in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine asking Will we all become electrosensitive?. The researchers extrapolated figures from...

Can we trust Big Tobacco to promote public health?

Mar 14, 2017 05:16 am UTC| Health Politics

Theres a new catchcry in public health: people working in tobacco control should join with Big Tobacco to promote safer tobacco products. It runs like this: before starting work each morning, tobacco company employees...

Colonoscopy: nothing to fear from the 'silver stallion'

Mar 06, 2017 02:07 am UTC| Health

I recently had a colonoscopy, an invasive medical procedure to examine the bowel, and was hugely relieved to get the all-clear. I posted a description of my experience to my friends on Facebook and got a range of...

On the pleasure of smoking

Dec 02, 2016 04:41 am UTC| Health

Repeatedly, studies have found a large majority of smokers regret ever starting to smoke: 85% in this study, 90% in this four nation study. Each year, some 40% of smokers make an attempt to stop, with most relapsing within...

What can obesity control learn from tobacco control's success?

Nov 25, 2016 10:26 am UTC| Health

Tobacco control is revered in contemporary public health as the poster child for chronic disease control. In nations like Australia, which have taken tobacco control seriously, we have seen virtually continual falls in...

Big Tobacco sees its future in cigarettes, not vaping

Oct 20, 2016 12:11 pm UTC| Insights & Views Business

In 2012, in the early days of the rise of e-cigarettes, Kingsley Wheaton, Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at British American Tobacco, said Our core business is, and will remain in, tobacco. So have the...

The failed history of tobacco harm reduction

Aug 30, 2016 09:02 am UTC| Health

Dark clouds hung over smoking as a likely risky activity long before the watershed case control studies on smoking and lung cancer were published in 1950 by Doll and Hill (on British smokers) and Wynder and Graham (on...

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Economy

U.S. consumer confidence spikes to 16-year high, raises upside prospects for economic growth in the coming months

U.S. consumer confidence defied economists expectations for a fall and unexpectedly improved in the month of March. Data showed that U.S. Conference Board consumer confidence index jumped to 125.6 in March from a revised...

UK gilts trade flat ahead of Q4 GDP

The UK gilts traded flat Wednesday as investors remain keen to watch the countrys fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP), due to be release by the end of this week, which will remain crucial in deciding further...

German bunds remain mixed ahead of March unemployment rate, consumer inflation

The German bunds remained narrowly mixed Wednesday as investors await the countrys unemployment rate and the consumer price inflation, during the month of March, scheduled to be released March 30 and 31...

New Zealand bonds slide at close following global rout in debt market

The New Zealand bonds slid Wednesday at the time of closing, tracking rout in theglobal bond market amid a session that witnessed data of little economic significance and as investors moved away from safe haven assets amid...

Australian bonds slump tracking softer U.S. Treasuries

The Australian bonds slumped Wednesday, tracking softness in the U.S. counterpart. Also, broad gains in equities led to the slide in the countrys money market. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which...

Politics

German election: Merkel’s CDU wins big in regional election

The final crucial election in the European continent will take place in Germany on September 24th. Incumbent German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping to become Germanys longest serving chancellor by winning the fourth...

How the Spanish political laboratory is reconfiguring democracy

This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st...

Latin American presidents love Twitter – and that's not a good sign

The Conversation Globals series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Latin American democracy was born with an original sin: income...

Why polls seem to struggle to get it right – on elections and everything else

I am a professor of mathematics, so my ears perk up when I hear someone say that polls seem inaccurate. The public understandably focuses on polling results and how much these results seem to vary. Take two presidential...

Trump's credibility takes a hit as FBI finds no evidence of Obama 'wiretap'

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael S. Rogers have both testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that they do not have any information or evidence to support...

Science

Let me entertain you – that's how to get a science message across

Communicating science to the public can be hard. Climate change is the most notorious example, but the public debates around vaccinations and evolution have also exposed a lack of understanding of how the public engages...

National Science Statement a positive gesture but lacks policy solutions: experts

Today the Australian government launched the National Science Statement, outlining its commitment to science as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. This comes in advance of the 2030 Strategic Plan, with...

It’s the age of the antibiotic revolution, not apocalypse

Bad news sells papers. Or as Elliot Carver, the media mogul set on world domination in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies put it: Theres no news like bad news. As a scientist, my responsibility is to separate fact from...

New Drug Destroys Breast Cancer In 11 Days, Study Indicates

Breast cancer is one of the most frightening diseases that afflict women and even some men in all walks of life. While some treatment plans have been proven to work in the past such as chemotherapy, many of them are too...

Can science produce better passport control officers?

Passport officers often have to scrutinise hundreds of people each day. They have just a few seconds to stare through their glass screens at the impatient and perhaps slightly dishevelled traveller facing them and decide...

Technology

Android Co-Founder Makes His Own Smartphone, The God Creator Comes

Andy Rubin is one of the founders of the Android mobile operating system, which effectively makes him a God within the Android development community. In a recent Tweet, Rubin hinted that his new company called Essential...

New Tesla Roadster, Coming Right Up; Fastest EV Car

The Tesla Roadster was the first car that the popular electric car company ever built and it broke a lot of conventions. For one thing, it was the first all-electric sports car that was meant to be both fast and efficient....

Google Creates Dedicated Page For Free Paid Apps On Play Store, ‘Free App Of The Week’

At this point, everybody already knows that there are free apps and there are paid apps on stores like Google Play and the Apple App Store. Sometimes, however, paid apps are available for free. Google just made it a lot...

Apple Might Finally Start Selling iPhones In China Again

Apple and China havent really been seeing eye-to-eye over the last few years, with the second largest consumer market having its own ideas of what the American company should be sharing that the latter just did not like....

Tesla Model 3 Dashboard The Same As Model S, Will Have Better Range Than Chevy Bolt Though

The Tesla Model 3 is the companys attempt at finally accessing that coveted mass consumer market and a lot is riding on it. If fans were hoping for a more futuristic dashboard, however, it seems CEO Elon Musk popped that...
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USPending Sales Change MM

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-2.8 %

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112.3 %

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106.4 %

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149.4 bln JPY

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