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Aboriginal superhero empowering the next generation of smoke-free ambassadors

Date posted: 29 June 2017

A new book for pre-school children aims to increase awareness about the hazards of smoking among Aboriginal people in Victoria. A collaboration between the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and Quit Victoria, Deadly Dan at the league also aims to spread the word about healthy living.

Laura Thompson, the Regional Coordinator of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program at VAHS, said the aim was for the children to then initiate a conversation with their families

'We found that they're our best smoke-free ambassadors, and that they're able to go back into their homes and have a quit conversations with their parents actually, and advocate for smoke-free environments,' said Ms Thompson.

Quit Victoria Director, Dr Sarah White, said young people were the strongest advocates of anti-smoking campaigns.

'A lot of people are surrounded by adults and their role models smoking, around them. If you look at the community, about 60 per cent, or a bit over 60 per cent, are 30 and under. So if we reach the children, we're actually reaching a big proportion of Indigenous communities in Australia,' said Dr White.

The Aboriginal Health Service has seen an increase in the number of adults visiting its clinic, wanting to quit.

Source: SBS News

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