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Smoking tobacco is a major cause of:
Passive smoking (breathing in another person's tobacco smoke) also contributes to poor health, particularly for children .
The proportion of Indigenous adults who smoke declined significantly between 2002 and 2012-2013 (from 51% to 43%), but smoking was still more than twice as common among Indigenous adults than among non-Indigenous adults in 2012-2013 . According to the 2008 NATSISS, two-in-three Indigenous current daily smokers had tried to quit in the previous year .
In 2008, around one-in-six Indigenous children aged 0-3 years and one-quarter of Indigenous children aged 4-14 years lived with someone who usually smoked inside the house . Around one-quarter of Indigenous adults were living with someone who usually smoked inside the house .
Tobacco use was responsible for one-in-five deaths among Indigenous people in 2003 .