Associate Professor Renee Bittoun

Adjunct Associate Professor
Medicine, Sydney Medical School
Brain & Mind Research Institute

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Biographical details

Adjunct Associate Professor Renee Bittoun has worked in smoking cessation for more than 30 years and is an inaugural member of the international Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). Renee is a respiratory physiologist by training and started one of the world's first Smokers' Clinics in Sydney, Australia in 1979 at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. Currently she is Director of the Smokers' Clinics in the SW Sydney Area Health Service and Associate Professor, Head of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI).
Renee is the author of many books on smoking and quitting both for the public and as text books for practitioners. She has published many research articles on tobacco dependence and cessation. She has conducted clinical trials of many treatments for tobacco dependence, both pharmacotherapies and behavioural interventions. Renee established and continues to teach the first University course on Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation in any Australian university at The University of Sydney, and is President of The Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals (AASCP). She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the new international peer-reviewed Journal of Smoking Cessation (Cambridge University Press). Apart from being invited as keynote speaker at many international conferences, she has been invited to conduct 'Master-classes' in Smoking Cessation around the world, most recently in Wales, Ireland and The Netherlands. She is also Chairperson of the upcoming Australian Smoking Cessation Conference, which is being held at The University of Sydney. Renee was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2008. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) President's Award for her contribution to tobacco control.

Selected grants

2012

  • Attitudes of smokers with mental illness (and their carers) to a harm reduction approach for their smoking.; Bittoun R; Health Administration Corporation/Drug and Alcohol Research Grant.

2000

  • Smoking Cessation Studies; Bittoun R; Nicotine Replacement Therapy Association/NRTA Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Saba, M., Bittoun, R., Saini, B. (2013). A workshop on smoking cessation for pharmacy students. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(9), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Bittoun, R. (2013). Ethics, morals and nicotine. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 8(1), 1-1. [More Information]
  • Saba, M., Bittoun, R., Kritikos, V., Saini, B. (2013). Smoking cessation in community pharmacy practice-a clinical information needs analysis. SpringerPlus, 2, 1-13. [More Information]
  • Bittoun, R., Femia, J. (2010). Smoking cessation in pregnancy. Obstetric Medicine, 3(3), 90-93. [More Information]
  • Bittoun, R. (2010). The Influence of Caffeine on Smoking Cessation: A Case Presentation. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 5(2), iii-iii. [More Information]
  • Bittoun, R. (2008). Carbon Monoxide Meter: The Essential Clinical Tool, the "stethoscope", of Smoking Cessation. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 3(2), 69-70.
  • Bittoun, R. (2008). Disclosure: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 3(1), 1.
  • Bittoun, R. (2003). The four Ds deconstructed. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27(1), 54-56.

2013

  • Saba, M., Bittoun, R., Saini, B. (2013). A workshop on smoking cessation for pharmacy students. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(9), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Bittoun, R. (2013). Ethics, morals and nicotine. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 8(1), 1-1. [More Information]
  • Saba, M., Bittoun, R., Kritikos, V., Saini, B. (2013). Smoking cessation in community pharmacy practice-a clinical information needs analysis. SpringerPlus, 2, 1-13. [More Information]

2010

  • Bittoun, R., Femia, J. (2010). Smoking cessation in pregnancy. Obstetric Medicine, 3(3), 90-93. [More Information]
  • Bittoun, R. (2010). The Influence of Caffeine on Smoking Cessation: A Case Presentation. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 5(2), iii-iii. [More Information]

2008

  • Bittoun, R. (2008). Carbon Monoxide Meter: The Essential Clinical Tool, the "stethoscope", of Smoking Cessation. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 3(2), 69-70.
  • Bittoun, R. (2008). Disclosure: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 3(1), 1.

2003

  • Bittoun, R. (2003). The four Ds deconstructed. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27(1), 54-56.

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