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, reaffirm 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.
Smoking rates are declining faster in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities than the general Australian population. This is important because smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are over 3 times higher.
Smoking rates are declining faster in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities than the general Australian population. This is important because smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 3 times higher than the compared to non-Aboriginal people. Below are some examples of what support can look like to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.