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Helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities tackle smoking

Date posted: 9 November 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will recieve new projects to help them tackle smoking, through new grants awarded to seven organisations under the Australian Government’s $116.8 million Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) programme.

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said that while steady declines in national smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraging, rates are still too high among specific groups.

'Smoking rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still particularly high for pregnant women, youth, and for people living in remote communities,' said Assistant Minister Wyatt.

Assistant Minister Wyatt also said the new projects will promise intensive smoking prevention and cessation activities, which he hopes will deliver research and evaluation outcomes.

'The projects will also complement the work of the broader Tackling Indigenous Smoking programme and other, anti-smoking campaigns that reach out to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, such as, Don’t Make Smokes Your Story. This campaign was developed in collaboration with experts and tested with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and launched in May this year,' said the Assistant Minister.

The full media release, including further details about funded organisations in the TIS Innovation Grant Initiative, can be found in the information below.

Source: Australian Government Department of Health

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Last updated: 9 November 2016
 
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