Professor Simon Chapman AO PhD FASSA HonFFPH (UK)

Professor Public Health
Associate Dean Communications

Public Health, School of Public Health

A27 - Edward Ford Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Current national competitive grants*


The natural history of unassisted smoking cessation in Australia
Dunlop S, Chapman S, Carter S, Freeman B
NHMRC Project Grants ($318,510 over 3 years)

Characteristics of intervention research that progresses to 'real-world' implementation
Chapman S, Redman S, Rychetnik L, King L, Milat A
NHMRC Project Grants ($537,020 over 3 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney


Health policy; Social science; Medical sociology; Media studies; Tobacco & tobacco control

International links

China. (Fudan University, Shanghai) For serveral years have collaborated with researchers in Fudan School of Public Health on tobacco control related research.


2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


  • Smith, A., Chapman, S., Dunlop, S. (2015), What do we know about unassisted smoking cessation in Australia? A systematic review, 2005-2012. Tobacco Control. 24(1), 18-27. [Abstract]


  • McKee, M., Chapman, S., Daube, M., Glantz, S. (2014), The debate on electronic cigarettes. Lancet. , 2107. [Abstract]
  • Webster, J., Dunford, E., Kennington, S., Neal, B., Chapman, S. (2014), Drop the Salt! Assessing the impact of a public health advocacy strategy on Australian government policy on salt. Public Health Nutrition. 17(1), 212-218. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Haynes, A., Derrick, G., Sturk, H., Hall, W., St George, A. (2014), Reaching "an audience that you would never dream of speaking to": influential public health researchers' views on the role of news media in influencing policy and public understanding. Journal of Health Communication. 19(2), 260-273. [Abstract]
  • Freeman, B., Kelly, B., Baur, L., Chapman, K., Chapman, S., Gill, T., King, L. (2014), Digital Junk: Food and Beverage Marketing on Facebook. American Journal of Public Health. 104(12), e56-64. [Abstract]
  • Daube, M., Chapman, S. (2014), The Australian's dissembling campaign on tobacco plain packaging. Medical Journal of Australia. 201(4), 191-192. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2014), E-cigarettes: does the new emperor of tobacco harm reduction have any clothes?. European Journal of Public Health. 24(4), 535-536. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2014), Author response. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. , 192-193. [Abstract]
  • Smith, A., Chapman, S. (2014), Quitting smoking unassisted: the 50-year research neglect of a major public health phenomenon. JAMA. 311(2), 137-138. [Abstract]
  • Crichton, F., Chapman, S., Cundy, T., Petrie, K. (2014), The Link between Health Complaints and Wind Turbines: Support for the Nocebo Expectations Hypothesis. Frontiers in Public Health. 2, 220. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Joshi, K., Fry, L. (2014), Fomenting Sickness: Nocebo Priming of Residents about Expected Wind Turbine Health Harms. Frontiers in Public Health. 2, 279. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Freeman, B. (2014), Removing the emperor¿s clothes: Australia and tobacco plain packaging. Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Chapman, S. (2014), E-cigarettes: the best and the worst case scenarios for public health-an essay by Simon Chapman. BMJ. 349, g5512. [Abstract]
  • Wang, F., Zheng, P., Yang, D., Freeman, B., Fu, H., Chapman, S. (2014), Chinese Tobacco Industry Promotional Activity on the Microblog Weibo. PloS one. 9(6), e99336. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2014), Factoid forensics: Have "more than 40" Australian families abandoned their homes because of wind farm noise?. Noise & Health. 16(71), 208-212. [Abstract]


  • Chapman, S. (2013), Could a scheme for licensing smokers work in Australia?. The Medical Journal of Australia. , 741-742. [Abstract]
  • Licht, A., Hyland, A., Travers, M., Chapman, S. (2013), Secondhand smoke exposure levels in outdoor hospitality venues: a qualitative and quantitative review of the research literature. Tobacco Control. 22(3), 172-179. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Mackenzie, R. (2013), There's Nothing That Succeeds Like Failure: Discerning the Woods From the Trees in Smoking Cessation Debates. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. , 750-751. [Abstract]
  • Hefler, M., Freeman, B., Chapman, S. (2013), Tobacco control advocacy in the age of social media: using Facebook, Twitter and Change. Tobacco Control. 22(3), 210-214. [Abstract]
  • Paynter, J., Chapman, S., Freeman, B. (2013), Continued debate on "Is censorship of films a useful solution to the problem of covert tobacco advertising?". New Zealand Medical Journal. 126(1377), 85-87. [Abstract]
  • Paynter, J., Chapman, S. (2013), Is censorship of films a useful solution to the problem of covert tobacco advertising? (with response by Maubach et al). The New Zealand Medical Journal. , 99-101. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., St George, A. (2013), How the factoid of wind turbines causing 'vibroacoustic disease' came to be 'irrefutably demonstrated'. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 37(3), 244-249. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Alpers, P. (2013), Gun-related deaths: how Australia stepped off "the American path". Annals of Internal Medicine. 158(10), 770-771. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Wakefield, M. (2013), Large-scale unassisted smoking cessation over 50 years: lessons from history for endgame planning in tobacco control. Tobacco Control. 22(Suppl 1), i33-i35. [Abstract]
  • Fogarty, A., Chapman, S. (2013), "Like Throwing a Bowling Ball at a Battle Ship" Audience Responses to Australian News Stories about Alcohol Pricing and Promotion Policies: A Qualitative Focus Group Study. PloS One. 8(6), e65261. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., St George, A., Waller, K., Cakic, V. (2013), The pattern of complaints about Australian wind farms does not match the establishment and distribution of turbines: support for the psychogenic, 'communicated disease' hypothesis. PloS One. 8(10), e76584. [Abstract]
  • Imison, M., Chapman, S. (2013), Media miracles: the separation of conjoined twins, and TV news health coverage in low and middle-income countries. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy. 147, 29-39.
  • Fogarty, A., Chapman, S. (2013), What should be done about policy on alcohol pricing and promotions? Australian experts' views of policy priorities: a qualitative interview study. BMC Public Health. 13, 610. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2013), Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco cigarettes? No. BMJ. 346, f3840. [Abstract]
  • Daube, M., Chapman, S. (2013), Cameron's cave-in on plain packaging is a boost to industry. BMJ. 346, f3069. [Abstract]


  • Fogarty, A., Chapman, S. (2012), Australian television news coverage of alcohol, health and related policies, 2005 to 2010: implications for alcohol policy advocates. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 36(6), 530-536. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2012), The Case for a Smoker's License. PLoS Medicine. 9(11), e1001342. [Abstract]
  • Daube, M., Chapman, S. (2012), Tobacco plain packaging. Medical Journal of Australia. 197(5), 272. [Abstract]
  • Fogarty, A., Chapman, S. (2012), Advocates, interest groups and Australian news coverage of alcohol advertising restrictions: content and framing analysis. BMC Public Health. 12(1), 727. [Abstract]
  • Mackenzie, R., Chapman, S. (2012), Generating news media interest in tobacco control; challenges in an advanced policy environment. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 23(2), 92-96. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2012), Nicotine replacement therapy: evidence from observational studies versus clinical trials. Medical Journal of Australia. , 28. [Abstract]
  • Derrick, G., Hayen, A., Chapman, S., Haynes, A., Webster, B., Anderson, I. (2012), A bibliometric analysis of research on Indigenous health in Australia, 1972-2008. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 36(3), 269-273. [Abstract]
  • Freeman, B., Chapman, S. (2012), Measuring Interactivity on Tobacco Control Websites. Journal of Health Communication. 17(7), 857-865. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Morrell, B., Forsyth, R., Kerridge, I., Stewart, C. (2012), Policies and practices on competing interests of academic staff in Australian universities. Medical Journal of Australia. 196(7), 452-456. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2012), Legal action by Big Tobacco against the Australian government's plain packaging law. Tobacco Control. 21, 80-81. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Derrick, G. (2012), Bibliographic analysis of papers and authors published in Tobacco Control 1998-September 2011. Tobacco Control. 21(2), 198-201. [Abstract]
  • Dunlop, S., Cotter, T., Perez, D., Chapman, S. (2012), Tobacco in the news: associations between news coverage, news recall and smoking-related outcomes in a sample of Australian smokers and recent quitters. Health education research. 27(1), 160-71. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Wakefield, M. (2012), Smoking cessation strategies. BMJ. 344, e1732. [Abstract]
  • Gao, J., Chapman, S., Sun, S., Fu, H., Zheng, P. (2012), The growth in newspaper coverage of tobacco control in China, 2000-2010. BMC Public Health. 12, 160. [Abstract]
  • Fernández, E., Chapman, S. (2012), Quitting smoking and gaining weight: the odd couple. BMJ. 345, e4544. [Abstract]
  • Forsyth, R., Morrell, B., Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Jordens, C., Chapman, S. (2012), Health Journalists' Perceptions of Their Professional Roles and Responsibilities for Ensuring the Veracity of Reports of Health Research. Journal of Mass Media Ethics. 27(2), 130-141.
  • Chapman, S. (2012), Does celebrity involvement in public health campaigns deliver long term benefit? Yes. BMJ. 345, e6364. [Abstract]
  • Liberman, J., Scollo, M., Freeman, R., Chapman, S. (2012), Plain Tobacco Packaging in Australia: The Historical and Social Context. In: Public Health And Plain Packaging Of Cigarettes: Legal Issues. (pp.30-47).United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
  • Chapman, S. (2012), The tobacco industry is terrified of plain packs. BMJ. , e1617. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., MacKenzie, R. (2012), Can it be ethical to apply limited resources in low income countries to ineffective, low reach smoking cessation strategies? A Reply to Bitton and Eyal. Public Health Ethics. 5, 29-37.
  • Chapman, S. (2012), Editorial ignored 17 reviews on wind turbines and health. BMJ. , e3366. [Abstract]
  • Imison, M., Chapman, S. (2012), Australian journalists' reflections on local coverage of a health-related story from the developing world. Australian Journalism Review. 34(1), 93-107.
  • Haynes, A., Derrick, G., Redman, S., Hall, W., Gillespie, J., Chapman, S., Sturk, H. (2012), Identifying trustworthy experts: how do policymakers find and assess public health researchers worth consulting or collaborating with?. PloS One. 7(3), e32665. [Abstract]
  • Daube, M., Chapman, S. (2012), The legacy of the tobacco colossus Richard Doll. BMJ. 345, e7311. [Abstract]
  • Holland, K., Blood, R., Imison, M., Chapman, S., Fogarty, A. (2012), Risk, expert uncertainty and Australian news media: Public and private faces of expert opinion during the 2009 swine 'flu pandemic. Journal of Risk Research. 16(6), 657-671.


  • Haynes, A., Gillespie, J., Derrick, G., Hall, W., Redman, S., Chapman, S., Sturk, H. (2011), Galvanizers, guides, champions, and shields: the many ways that policymakers use public health researchers. The Milbank Quarterly. 89(4), 564-598. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2011), Wind farms and health: who is fomenting community anxieties?. Medical Journal of Australia. 195(9), 495. [Abstract]
  • Fogarty, A., Chapman, S. (2011), Framing and the marginalisation of evidence in media reportage of policy debate about alcopops, Australia 2008-2009: Implications for advocacy. Drug and alcohol review. 30(6), 569-76. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2011), Why the tobacco industry fears plain packaging. The Medical Journal of Australia. 195(5), 255. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Derrick, G., Haynes, A., Hall, W. (2011), Democratising assessment of researchers' track records: a simple proposal. The Medical Journal of Australia. 195(3), 147-148. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Farrelly, M. (2011), Four Arguments against the Adult-Rating of Movies with Smoking Scenes. PLoS Medicine. 8(8), e1001078. [Abstract]
  • Haynes, A., Derrick, G., Chapman, S., Redman, S., Hall, W., Gillespie, J., Sturk, H. (2011), From "our world" to the "real world": Exploring the views and behaviour of policy-influential Australian public health researchers. Social science & medicine (1982). 72(7), 1047-55. [Abstract]
  • Gao, J., Zheng, P., Gao, J., Chapman, S., Fu, H. (2011), Workplace smoking policies and their association with male employees' smoking behaviours: a cross-sectional survey in one company in China. Tobacco control. 20(2), 131-136. [Abstract]
  • Mackenzie, R., Chapman, S. (2011), Pig's blood in cigarette filters: how a single news release highlighted tobacco industry concealment of cigarette ingredients. Tobacco control. 20(2), 169-72. [Abstract]
  • MacKenzie, R., Chapman, S., Holding, S. (2011), Framing responsibility: coverage of lung cancer among smokers and non-smokers in Australian television news. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 35(1), 66-70. [Abstract]
  • Zheng, P., Li, W., Chapman, S., Zhang, Z., Gao, J., Fu, H. (2011), Workplace exposure to secondhand smoke and its association with respiratory symptoms--a cross-sectional study among workers in Shanghai. Tobacco Control. 20(1), 58-63. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2011), Health and philanthropy-the tobacco connection. Lancet. 377(9759), 11-3. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2011), Tar wars over smoking cessation. BMJ. 343, d5008. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2011), Gun control. Australian and US gun deaths compared. BMJ. , d1005. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2011), Personal view. Should the spectacle of surgery be sold to the highest bidder?. BMJ. 342, d237. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2011), Lessons for the UK in how the Australians have reduced smoking. BMJ. 343, d6797. [Abstract]
  • Derrick, G., Haynes, A., Chapman, S., Hall, W. (2011), The Association between Four Citation Metrics and Peer Rankings of Research Influence of Australian Researchers in Six Fields of Public Health. PloS One. 6(4), e18521. [Abstract]
  • Fogarty, A., Holland, K., Imison, M., Blood, R., Chapman, S., Holding, S. (2011), Communicating uncertainty - how Australian television reported H1N1 risk in 2009: a content analysis. BMC public health. 11(1), 181. [Abstract]
  • Bonfiglioli, C., Smith, B., King, L., Chapman, S., Holding, S., Bauman, A. (2011), Risky exercise – is physical activity losing the news race?. Australian Journalism Review. 33(1), 73-84.
  • Chapman, S., Freeman, B. (2011), From brand to bland--the demise of cigarette packaging. BMJ. 343, d4376. [Abstract]


  • Mackenzie, R., Chapman, S., Holding, S., Stiven, A. (2010), "No Respecter of Youth": Over-representation of Young Women in Australian Television Coverage of Breast Cancer. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education. 25(4), 565-70. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Mackenzie, R. (2010), Misrepresentation in stapleton's commentary. Addiction. , 2031-2032. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Barratt, A. (2010), Has PSA testing truly been a "public health disaster"?. The Medical Journal of Australia. , 431; author reply 431. [Abstract]
  • Freeman, B., Gartner, C., Hall, W., Chapman, S. (2010), Forecasting future tobacco control policy: where to next?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 34(5), 447-450. [Abstract]
  • Butler, R., Chapman, S., Thomas, D., Torzillo, P. (2010), Low daily smoking estimates derived from sales monitored tobacco use in six remote predominantly Aboriginal communities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 34(Suppl 1), S71-S75. [Abstract]
  • Hinchcliff, R., Chapman, S., Ivers, R., Senserrick, T., Du, W. (2010), Media framing of graduated licensing policy debates. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 42(4), 1283-1287. [Abstract]
  • Freeman, B., Chapman, S. (2010), British American Tobacco on Facebook: undermining article 13 of the global World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Tobacco control. 19(3), e1-9. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J., Chapman, S., Robbins, S. (2010), "All manner of ills": The features of serious diseases attributed to vaccination. Vaccine. 28(17), 3066-70. [Abstract]
  • Henson, C., Chapman, S., McLeod, L., Johnson, N., Hickie, I. (2010), Room for improvement: mixed portrayal of young people with mental illness on Australian television news. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 44(3), 267-272. [Abstract]
  • Mackenzie, R., Chapman, S., McGeechan, K., Holding, S. (2010), 'A disease many people still feel uncomfortable talking about': Australian television coverage of colorectal cancer. Psycho-oncology. 19(0), 283-8. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., MacKenzie, R. (2010), The global research neglect of unassisted smoking cessation: causes and consequences. PLoS medicine. 7(2), e1000216. [Abstract]
  • Gartner, C., Chapman, S., Hall, W., Wakefield, M. (2010), Why we need tobacco sales data for good tobacco control. Medical Journal of Australia. 192, 3-4. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2010), Firearm deaths in Australia after law reform. Medicine, Science and the Law. , 53. [Abstract]
  • Imison, M., Chapman, S. (2010), 'Disease, Disaster and Despair'? The Presentation of Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries on Australian Television. PloS one. 5(11), e14106. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Freeman, B. (2010), The cancer emperor's new clothes: Australia's historic legislation for plain tobacco packaging. BMJ. 340, c2436. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Barratt, A., Stockler, M. (2010), Let sleeping dogs lie?- What men should know before getting tested for prostate cancer. Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Chapman, S. (2010), Influencing politicians to implement comprehensive tobacco control: the power of news media. In: Tobacco: Science, Policy, and Public Health. (pp.691-696).New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Chapman, S. (2010), BAT’s tax figures do not add up. Tobacco Control. , 92-93.
  • Chapman, S. (2010), Competing interests. The odium of industry engagement. BMJ. , c3575. [Abstract]
  • Derrick, G., Sturk, H., Haynes, A., Chapman, S., Hall, W. (2010), A cautionary bibliometric tale of two cities. Scientometrics. 8(2), 317-320.


  • Chapman, S., Freeman, B. (2009), Regulating the tobacco retail environment: Beyond reducing sales to minors. Tobacco control. 18(6), 496-501. [Abstract]
  • Smith, D., Clements, M., Wakefield, M., Chapman, S. (2009), Impact of Australian celebrity diagnoses on prostate cancer screening. The Medical Journal of Australia. 191(10), 574-575. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2009), Japanese street smoking bans: a Japan Tobacco foil to prevent clean indoor air policy?. Tobacco Control. 18(5), 419. [Abstract]
  • Henson, C., Chapman, S., McLeod, L., Johnson, N., McGeechan, K., Hickie, I. (2009), More us than them: positive depictions of mental illness on Australian television news. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 43(6), 554-560. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2009), Mental health and smoking redux. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. , 579-580. [Abstract]
  • Freeman, B., Chapman, S. (2009), Open source marketing: Camel cigarette brand marketing in the "Web 2.0" world. Tobacco Control. 18(3), 212-217. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2009), With youth smoking at historical lows, how influential is movie smoking on uptake?. Addiction (Abingdon, England). 104(5), 824-5; discussion 825-7. [Abstract]
  • Mackenzie, R., Johnson, N., Chapman, S., Holding, S. (2009), Smoking-related disease on Australian television news: inaccurate portrayals may contribute to public misconceptions. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 33(2), 144-146. [Abstract]
  • McLeod, K., Wakefield, M., Chapman, S., Smith, K., Durkin, S. (2009), Changes in the news representation of smokers and tobacco-related media advocacy from 1995 to 2005 in Australia. Journal of epidemiology and community health. 63(3), 215-220. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Ragg, M., McGeechan, K. (2009), Citation bias in reported smoking prevalence in people with schizophrenia. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 43(3), 277-282. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S. (2009), The inverse impact law of smoking cessation. Lancet. 373(9665), 701-703. [Abstract]
  • Sweet, M., Chapman, S., Moynihan, R., Green, J. (2009), CHAMP: a novel collaboration between public health and the media. The Medical Journal of Australia. 190(4), 206-207. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Holding, S., Ellerm, J., Heenan, R., Fogarty, A., Imison, M., Mackenzie, R., McGeechan, K. (2009), The content and structure of Australian television reportage on health and medicine, 2005-2009: parameters to guide health workers. The Medical Journal of Australia. 191(11-12), 620-624. [Abstract]
  • Chapman, S., Freeman, B. (2009), Why has smoking in Australian youth never been lower?. In: Challenges in Adolescent Health: An Australian Perspective. (pp.153-161).United States: Nova Science Publishers.