Smoking prevalence within Aboriginal communities is still much higher than in non-Indigenous communities. Stark figures, such as a life expectancy 10 years younger than non-Indigenous people reaffirms the need for continued commitment to Aboriginal Programs to tackle smoking.
Quitting smoking can be a team effort. If someone in your community is trying to quit smoking, there are steps you can use to guide them through the journey.
When life was stressful, Naomi looked to cigarettes for support. Through ups and downs, smoking was a solid constant. Quitting helped to remind Naomi of her own strength. Find out how that confidence led to a healthier life for her and her daughter.
Quitline has proven to be one of the most successful methods to support people to quit for good, and it is an increasingly popular support method for Aboriginal Victorians to cut down or quit.
Tackling Indigenous smoking rates is part of Quit Victoria's long-term commitment to Aboriginal programs.
Quit has a range of resources that will help you prepare to talk to smokers, provide brief advice and refer them to appropriate services.