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Media Release : National research shows the way to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking

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Title

Media Release : National research shows the way to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking

Other title

MSHR media release

Creator

Menzies School of Health Research

Collection

Media Releases : Menzies School of Health Research; Media Releases - Menzies School of Health Research; E-Journals; PublicationNT; Media Releases : Menzies School of Health Research

Date

2015-05-27

Location

Tiwi

Notes

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Language

English

Subject

Menzies School of Health Research; Medicine; Research; Periodicals

Publisher name

Menzies School of Health Research

Place of publication

Tiwi

Series

Media Releases : Menzies School of Health Research

Volume

Media release, 27 May 2015

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright

Copyright owner

Menzies School of Health Research

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Related materials

https://www.territorystories.nt.gov.au/jspui/handle/10070/806879; https://www.territorystories.nt.gov.au/jspui/handle/10070/856811

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/854437

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/854438

Page content

Key facts and figures from Talking about the Smokes: 1 June 2015 We interviewed a nationally representative sample of 2,522 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 35 locations, including 1,643 smokers (1,392 daily smokers). Quitting 70% of daily smokers want to quit. 48% of daily smokers had made a quit attempt in the last year. 47% of daily smokers who had made an attempt in the last five years had sustained an attempt for at least one month. Second-hand smoke 53% of daily smokers reported that smoking was never allowed anywhere inside their home. 88% of employed daily smokers reported that smoking was not allowed in any indoor areas at their work. Knowledge of the health effects of smoking and second-hand smoke Almost all daily smokers reported knowing that smoking causes lung cancer (94%), heart disease (89%), low birth weight (82%), but less were aware that it makes diabetes worse (68%). Almost all smokers reported knowing that secondhand smoke is dangerous to nonsmokers (90%) and children (95%), and causes asthma in children (91%). Attitudes and social norms about smoking 78% of daily smokers agreed that if they had to do it over again, they would not have started smoking. 62% of daily smokers agreed that mainstream society disapproves of smoking and 40% agreed that community leaders disapprove of smoking. 90% of daily smokers agree that being a non-smoker sets a good example to children. Anti-tobacco health information 65% of smokers recalled often noticing pack warning labels in the last month. 45% of smokers recalled often noticing anti-smoking advertising or information the last six months, most commonly on television. 48% of smokers recalled ever noticing any targeted advertising or information featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or artwork in the last six months, with 16% noticing information with local people or artwork. Support to quit 75% of daily smokers who had seen a health professional in the last year had been advised to quit. 37% of daily smokers had ever used nicotine replacement therapy or other stop-smoking medicines, and 23% had used them in the last year. All these results are from our baseline survey conducted from April 2012 to October 2013. We are now analysing results from our follow-up surveys conducted a year later.


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