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Tackling Indigenous Smoking campaign key to help Closing the Gap

Date posted: 20 July 2017

Findings in a new report released recently on the preliminary evaluation of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program are encouraging, said Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt AM.

'The report found the program is operating effectively, using proven approaches to change smoking behaviours, and delivering evidence-based local tobacco health promotion activities,' Minister Wyatt said. 'Smoking is the most preventable cause of disease and early death among Aboriginal people and accounts for almost one-quarter of the difference in average health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.'

'The program provides grants in 37 urban, rural, regional and remote areas to assist local communities to develop localised anti-smoking campaigns and offer intervention training for frontline community and health workers.'

Reducing smoking rates is central to efforts to Closing the Gap in life expectancy, and the Government has invested $116.8 million over three years (2015-16 to 2017-18) for the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program.

Source: Department of Health

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