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A popular anti-smoking animation has been translated into three of the most commonly spoken Central Australian Aboriginal languages in an effort to tackle high smoking rates in remote communities where mainstream anti-smoking campaigns are failing.
Head of the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) No smokes program, Associate Professor, Sheree Cairney, said there had been little change in smoking rates among remote Aboriginal communities despite a nationwide decline of Aboriginal smoking rates from 45 to 41% over a four year period.
The successful anti-smoking animation produced by the Menzies' No smokes program and funded by the Australian Department of Health has been released in Central Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara and Walpiri languages. These languages are spoken and understood by the vast majority of Aboriginal people across Central Australia.
Source: Menzies School of Health Research
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