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Simon Chapman

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.

Why anecdotes aren't strong evidence when it comes to quitting smoking

Aug 07, 2017 08:36 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

In the early 1990s, I was the guest of the local health service in Broken Hill, New South Wales, during a national week promoting quitting smoking. I went on the local radio and the host invited ex-smokers to call in and...

Wind farms are hardly the bird slayers they're made out to be. Here's why

Jun 17, 2017 16:20 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

People who oppose wind farms often claim wind turbine blades kill large numbers of birds, often referring to them as bird choppers. And claims of dangers to iconic or rare birds, especially raptors, have attracted a lot of...

World Trade Organisation gives Australia's plain tobacco packs the (draft) thumbs up

May 05, 2017 14:33 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has reportedly backed Australias laws on plain tobacco packaging implemented from December 2012. The apparent decision marks the end of the last of three cases brought against...

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...

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Economy

New Zealand bonds close narrowly mixed ahead of GDT auction

New Zealand bonds closed narrowly mixed on Tuesday as investors awaited Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction scheduled to be held today. At the time of closing, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves...

JGBs trade tad higher in quiet session ahead of Thanksgiving Day

Japanese bonds traded a tad higher on Tuesday as investors remained sidelined in any major deal ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The similar trend has been observed in the U.S. Treasuries, which saw a downward...

Australian bond yields remain little higher as RBA meeting minutes provide no surprises

Australian government bonds remained little loweron Tuesdayas the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) November monetary policy meeting minutes provided no surprises to the market. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury...

U.S. Treasuries gain in muted trading session; eyes on Fed Chair Yellen’s speech

The U.S. Treasuries slightly gained Monday as investors remained sidelined in any major trading activity amid a silent session that witnessed data of little economic significance. Participants are now waiting to watch the...

EUR/USD likely to appreciate gradually towards 1.25-1.26 by end of 2018, says Credit Agricole CIB

The EUR/USD currency pair is expected to gradually appreciate towards the 1.25-1.26 level by the end of 2018, according to a recent report by Credit Agricole CIB. That said, risks for the pair remain tilted to the upside...

Politics

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadnt prepared a better crisis strategy to deal...

Kuwait's economic interest in mediating the Qatar-Gulf crisis

A blockade against Qatar by its Gulf neighbours is now in its fifth month. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed socio-economic ties with Qatar as punishment for its alleged support of terrorism...

Xi Jinping sets out plans to make China great again

In 1793, in his letter to Britains King George III, Chinas Qianlong emperor rejected all the British requests to improve the state of trade between England and China. After all, the Middle Kingdom possesses all things in...

Terrorist leaders in the Philippines are dead – will democracy be restored?

For almost five months, 21 million people in the southern Philippines have been living under martial law. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the province of Mindanao in May in response to...

Why the new banking laws won’t be the slam dunk the government is expecting

The federal government is set to enact new laws covering Australian banks, senior executives and directors. Called the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR), it imposes new legal obligations on banks and their...

Science

Cancer Patient Injected With Vaccine For The First Time

Cancer is one of the last remaining major illnesses that still does not have a vaccine, but human trials have finally begun to change all this. Moderna Therapeutics just injected a patient with a cancer vaccine for the...

New Zealand’s Plan To Weaponize CRISPR To Annihilate Pests Sparks Debate In Scientific Community

Its always the same story. Governments want to use science as a weapon of mass destruction, certain members of the scientific community speak up about the potential consequences, and the debates ensue. In the case of New...

Scientists Achieved Real-Time Gene Editing In Live Human Subject For The First Time

Gene editing is considered by many as the future of medicine. The potential uses attributed to the field range from curing all kinds of diseases to making humans practically invulnerable. For the first time, scientists...

Scientist Proves Brain Implant Can Improve Memory By 30%

These days, one of the hottest topics in the tech and medical industries is the matter of cybernetics or merging man with machine. A scientist has recently advanced this field by demonstrating how a brain implant can...

FDA Approves New Smart Pill, Raises Concerns Of U.S. Government Spying

For the most part, developing new medical technologies is a huge benefit to people. Take for instance the smart pill that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved, which is meant to monitor if patients are...

Technology

EA Scrambles To Fix Need For Speed Loot Boxes In Light Of Battlefront II Outrage

In a way, its almost admirable how Electric Arts (EA) believed it could push a pay-to-win (P2W) system in a full-priced game worth $60 like Star Wars Battlefront II and gamers would not mind. Unfortunately for the...

DJI Offers $30K In Bug Bounty Program Then Threatens To Sue Cybersecurity Researcher

Bug bounty programs have become common in the tech industry, with companies offering money to white hat hackers who will then find security problems for them. DJI did the same thing in August, which resulted in a security...

Samsung Galaxy X Foldable Phone Gets Official Support Page

Not a lot of U.S. consumers might know this, but Samsung also has its own smartphone offering with the letter X on it. Its the Galaxy X and it has been the subject of rumors for years. Thanks to the addition of a support...

Tesla Roadster 2.0 Goes 0-60Mphs In 1.9 Seconds And Might Fly

Last week, Elon Musk got on stage to showcase his new electric semi and the new version of the companys Roadster. The CEO rattled specs that elicited screams of excitement from the audience, including acceleration of...

Apple’s Female Diversity Chief Resigning Following Outrage Over ‘Blue-Eyed, Blond Men’ Comment

Last week, news broke out that the female diversity chief of Apple, Denise Young Smith was resigning after the backlash she received following certain unfortunate remarks she made in October. This is a surprising turn of...
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BRCAGED Net Payroll Jobs*

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77 k

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77 k

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RURetail Sales YY

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3.0 %

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3.9 %

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3.1 %

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USRedbook MM

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-1.2 %

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2.3 %

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3.1 %

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401.7 Bln EUR

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237.75 k

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USInitial Jobless Claims

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240 k

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249 k

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USContinued Jobless Claims

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1.882 Mln

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1.860 Mln

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BRForeign Exchange Flows*

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-3.412 Bln USD

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