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Starting to Smoke: Smoking Among Young People

 

Overview

The Starting to Smoke: Smoking Among Young People project aimed to explore the determinants of smoking among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a particular emphasis on the social and cultural processes that underlie tobacco use patterns in this age group.

The project was based in northern Australia, and involved group interviews with 65 participants, as well as individual in-depth interviews with 11 young people aged 13-20 years old. Visual methods were also used with individual interviewees to investigate the social context in which young people do or do not smoke.

The study found that family and peer influences play a central role in smoking uptake among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Social influences are similar between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous young people, but are more pervasive among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

The study also provides some indication of a progressive denormalisation of smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

This project was an initiative of Menzies School of Health research, with support from the Lowitja Institute.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research

Contacts

Menzies School of Health Research
John Mathews Building
Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
Rocklands Drive
Casuarina NT 0810
Ph: (08) 8946 8600
Fax: (08) 8946 8464
Email: communications@menzies.edu.au

Related publications

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

Johnston V, Thomas D, Westphal D, Earnshaw C (2013)

Starting to smoke: experiences of Indigenous youth.

Melbourne: Lowitja Institute

This report documents the methodology, findings and conclusions of the Starting to smoke research project. The aim of the project was to explore the reasons young Indigenous people in the Northern Territory start smoking as well as the protective factors which prevent smoking. Young people aged 13-20 years of age were recruited from urban and remote communities to participate in one-on-one and group interviews.

A particular focus of the project was on the social and cultural processes that influence smoking uptake in this group. Based on the project's findings, the report makes recommendations regarding future smoking prevention initiatives. The project was carried out in the Northern Territory across two sites: one in Darwin and one in a remote community in Arnhem Land.

Abstract adapted from Lowitja Institute

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Last updated: 8 August 2017
 
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