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South Australia leads the way in Indigenous smoking rates

Date posted: 21 October 2016

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS), South Australia (SA) is leading the nation in efforts to reduce smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The 2014/15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey shows a significant decrease in daily smoking rates in SA, down from 48.9% in 2008 to 38.2% in 2014/15. SA now has one of the lowest daily smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

smoking data compiled by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute shows that, across the whole South Australian population:

According to SA's Substance Abuse Minister, Leesa Vlahos MP, "There is still significant progress to be made to reduce the burden of disease from tobacco smoking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but these recent figures show an encouraging trend. The partnership with South Australian Aboriginal community controlled health services has significantly contributed to this reduction in smoking prevalence in South Australia."

Source: Premier of South Australia

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Last updated: 21 October 2016
 
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