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Stop smoking, Start vaping by Colin Mendelsohn

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One of Australia's greatest vaping advocates, Dr. Colin Mendelsohn has written a book to help demystify vaping. An excellent read for those of you with a myriad of questions, particularly surrounding the efficacy of vaping. 

If you smoke or vape nicotine, this book is for you. Vaping is the most popular and most effective aid for quitting smoking in Australia and other western countries. However, it is poorly understood. This book dispels the myths about vaping and outlines the evidence in an easy-to-read and authoritative manner with over 400 scientific references. It also provides step-by-step advice on how to make the switch from smoking tobacco, and why vaping is controversial.

Part 1 explains what vaping is and the scientific evidence that underpins it. Is it safer than smoking? What is popcorn lung? How harmful is nicotine? Is vaping an effective quitting aid? Is it legal in Australia? 

Part 2 is a practical guide to getting started with vaping. What device should you buy, how much nicotine do you need, what are mouth-to-lung vaping and ‘nicotine salts’ and how do you vape safely. 

Part 3 explores the controversies about vaping. Why is it opposed by most Australian health and medical authorities? What are the hidden reasons underpinning their objections? How should vaping be regulated in Australia and what can we do to accelerate the uptake of vaping? 

Be inspired by the fifteen case studies of former smokers. These are real stories by real people just like you and show how vaping could change your life for the better.

Foreward by Dr Alex Wodak AM.

Full table of contents

List of references

List of vaping resources


Dr Colin Mendelsohn is one of Australia’s leading experts on smoking and vaping.

He is the Founding Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association charity (ATHRA) and is a member of the committee that develops the RACGP national smoking cessation guidelines. 

He was a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Colin works with smokers to help them quit and is actively involved in research, teaching and writing about smoking and vaping.



** You can also purchase an e-copy of the book here

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