Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn


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

He is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Colin graduated as a doctor from the University of Sydney in 1976 with honours. He worked as a general practitioner for nearly 30 years, with a special interest in smoking cessation.

Clinical work

Colin sees smokers in Double Bay, Sydney on a one-to-one basis to help them quit. Treatment consists of  counselling and support, stop smoking medication and/or electronic cigarettes when appropriate.

Please ring 0415 976 783 for an appointment.


Colin teaches medical and Masters students at the University of New South Wales. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology (UTS).

For many years he was actively involved in researching and developing Smokescreen for the 1990s, a program developed at the University of New South Wales for use by general practitioners to help smokers quit. 

He has conducted hundreds of workshops and lectures around Australia and New Zealand teaching students, medical practitioners and other health professionals how to help smokers quit. Click here to see his current teaching schedule.


Colin is a strong believer in evidence-based medicine, i.e. using treatments that are proven to be effective in scientific studies. He has participated in many research studies on how to quit smoking and has published many articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. Click here to see or download some of his publications.

Other activities

Colin is a member of the committee that develops the Australian national smoking cessation guidelines. He is a past Vice President of the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals, Australia’s peak body for experts in the field of smoking cessation. He is also a member of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT).

He is a reviewer for peer-reviewed medical journals such as the Journal of Smoking Cessation, the British Medical Journal, MedicineToday and the prestigious Cochrane Tobacco Group.

He is on the NSW Health Advisory Committee on Electronic Cigarettes. Colin is currently participating in a number of research trials at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the UNSW.

He also provides advice to the pharmaceutical industry and other organisations that require specialist advice in the field of smoking cessation. He has received payments for teaching, consulting and conference expenses from Pfizer Australia, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson Pacific.

For 16 years, he was the editor of Your Health newsletter, a health education newsletter distributed by over 1,600 Australian GPs to their patients.


Last Modified: 31-05-2017