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Smoking Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People



This research project aimed to increase knowledge on smoking and tobacco control activities for Indigenous people, in order to improve the quality of their lives and life expectancy.

Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for many forms of cardiovascular disease and is twice as common among Indigenous Australians than non-Indigenous Australians.

It is hoped that the knowledge gained from this research will be used to support the development of evidence-based Indigenous tobacco control policy and practice and ultimately help to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health.

The project was led by Associate Professor David Thomas from Menzies School of Health Research  with funding from the Heart Foundation. 

Abstract adapted from the Heart Foundation


Menzies School of Health Research
Darwin (Royal Darwin Hospital Campus)
John Mathews Building (JMB)
Building 58, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8196 (Reception)
Fax: (08) 8927 5187

Related publications

Thomas D (2012)

National trends in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking and quitting, 1994–2008.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(1): 24-29

Johnston V, Westphal DW, Glover M, Thomas DP, Segan C, Walker N (2013)

Reducing smoking among Indigenous populations: new evidence from a review of trials.

Nicotine & Tobacco Research; 15(8): 1329-1338

Johnston V, Westphal DW, Earnshzaw C, Thomas DP (2012)

Starting to smoke: a qualitative study of the experiences of Australian Indigenous youth.

BMC Public Health; 12: 963

Retrieved 10 November 2012 from


Last updated: 3 April 2017
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