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Indigenous All Stars game tackled Indigenous smoking

Date posted: 13 February 2017

On Friday 10 February, the National Rugby League's Indigenous All Stars game in Newcastle spread the word to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians that a smoke-free life is better than scoring a try when it comes to better health and wellbeing. The campaign was one of many highlights of the game.

The Federal Government is investing $116.8 million in the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program, which aims to prevent the uptake of smoking and supports smoking cessation among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous Health Minister, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP said that 'The Government is committed to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and reducing Indigenous smoking rates plays a large role in achieving this. Although we have made some gains, smoking rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still high. This program is creating momentum at the local level to address this issue.'

Around 39 per cent of Indigenous Australians aged 15 years and over are daily smokers, which is nearly three times the rate for non-Indigenous Australians. Smoking is estimated to account for one-in-five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths. 'Governments, health organisations, individuals, families and communities need to work together to turn these statistics around. We can all play a part in encouraging smokers to quit and to stay smoke-free,' said Minister Wyatt.

Source: The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP Minister for Aged Care Minister for Indigenous Health


Last updated: 13 February 2017
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