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East Pilbara young people to create community anti-smoking ads

Date posted: 13 September 2017

Filmmakers will work with young people in four remote Aboriginal communities in the East Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), to shed light on the personal stories of local smokers and warn about the perils of the deadly habit.

Young people, assisted by a professional production team, will create a series of short films as part of the You CAN Quit Project, to document the stories of community members who have successfully kicked the habit and those who have been affected by smoking-related illnesses in Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji country.

The project, organised by Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team, will be carried out with funding from a Healthway Indigenous Health Promotion grant, as an initiative of the State Government of WA, and the Federal Government’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program.

Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service regional tobacco coordinator, Danika Tager, said smoking rates in the East Pilbara were exceptionally high and more needed to be done to support communities to address tobacco addiction.

'Smoking rates in remote East Pilbara communities are as high as 80% and tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in this population. Through this important film project we hope to encourage people in these communities to quit smoking, as well as air the many benefits of quitting and where they can find help and support,' Ms Tager said.

Filming of the four short films will start 19 September 2017, and each film will be screened to the participating communities.

Source: The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA)

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Last updated: 13 September 2017
 
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