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Working up a smoking policy

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Bronwyn FredericksBronwyn Fredericks, K Adams, S Finlay, G Fletcher, S Andy, L Briggs
Smoking in Aboriginal communities is a major issue, with about 50% of Aboriginal people being smokers. The effects of smoking in and across communities is huge, with smoking causing 20% of preventable deaths and being responsible for 12.1% of the burden of disease. Smoking doesn't just impact on Aboriginal people's health. It also adds financial stress to Aboriginal people's lives through directing money to tobacco companies and away from Aboriginal individuals and families. In addition, smoking significantly impacts on the strength of communities and the transfer of cultural heritage to future generations because scores of people die from smoking-related disease before they have passed on their knowledge, skills and experiences to the next generation. For these reasons and others, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) recognised that it needed take a lead on the issue of tobacco.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

35

Issue

3

Start Page

7

End Page

9

Number of Pages

3

ISSN

1037-3403

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Queensland University of Technology; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Aboriginal and Islander health worker journal.