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This program began in July 2007 following adult health checks that highlighted the high smoking prevalence in the community and the importance of tobacco control in improving health. The program involved the appointment of a Public Health Officer and guidance in the development of the project through an Aboriginal steering committee and a broader project reference group including different language groups, community-based organisation representatives, community youth representatives, and the Department of Health and Families.
The program included:
The Menzies School of Health Research monitored tobacco wholesale figures over the pilot period and found sales fell by 8% over the six-month duration of the program.
Abstract adapted from The Chronicle
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