Colin is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. He helps smokers to quit smoking, teaches health professionals, writes articles on smoking and is involved in a range of other smoking-related projects

He sees smokers in Double Bay for individual advice and support to help them quit smoking. Click here to make an appointment.

He is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, where he teaches medical and Masters students. He also conducts training for health professionals around Australia.

Colin has participated in many research studies on how to quit smoking and has published many articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.

He is a member of the committee that develops the Australian national smoking cessation guidelines and is the immediate past Vice President of the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals, Australia’s peak body for experts in the field of smoking cessation.

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Can e-cigarettes help you quit?

Joytech AIO 300px.jpgElectronic cigarettes are a safer alternative for smokers who are unable to quit with other treatments. They provide nicotine and a 'smoking experience', without the smoke which causes almost all the devastating health effects of smoking.

E-cigarettes have helped millions of smokers to quit. The UK Royal College of Physicians and many other independent organisations agree that the risk to health from long-term use of e-cigarettes is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco and that they should be promoted as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking.

It is legal in all states to use e-cigarettes with nicotine to assist quitting smoking as long as you have a prescription from a registered doctor.

Many people simply purchase their own device and nicotine and quit with advice from other users. Other smokers need more support and can benefit from combining e-cigarette use with nicotine patches or Champix to boost success rates. I regularly use e-cigarettes as part of an overall treatment plan for smokers who are unable to quit.

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