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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin Alcohol and other drugs knowledge centre Yarning Places

Say no to tobacco this World No Tobacco Day 2017

Date posted: 24 May 2017

Each year on 31 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), an opportunity to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The theme for 2017 is Tobacco - a threat to development, which aims to demonstrate the risk that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries. The theme will highlight measures that governments and the public can take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

WHO is calling on countries to prioritise and accelerate tobacco control efforts as part of their responses to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition to saving lives and reducing health inequalities, comprehensive tobacco control contains the adverse environmental impact of tobacco growing, manufacturing, trade and consumption.

In Australia, tobacco smoking is still an area of concern, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and remote areas. 

 On the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre we have three key sections for addressing tobacco use.

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal hosts information for organisations funded through the National Tackling Indigenous Smoking programme, but it will also be useful for people working in any other initiative to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit smoking.

The Preventing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maternal Smoking portal provides the Indigenous women's maternal and child health workforce and other related workers with access to quality information about smoking cessation and prevention to support better health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their babies and families.

The Tobacco section on the AOD Knowledge Centre provides a comprehensive collection of information for people working, studying or interested in addressing tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Last updated: 17 May 2017
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