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Indigenous tobacco control initiative



The Australian Government's Indigenous tobacco control initiative aimed to halve smoking rates among Indigenous communities in urban, regional and remote areas by 2018. The initiative was launched in March 2008 with a commitment of $14.5 million over three years. Funding of $3.8 million was provided for six projects in 2008-09, and from 2010 a further $10.7 million was provided. The projects launched under this initiative are based on innovative and culturally-appropriate, community-based approaches. The initiative funded 18 projects located in various regions of Australia:

Programs under the initiative which have already had success include:

Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing


Department of Health
Central Office
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555 (switchboard)
Ph: 1800 020 103 (freecall)

Related publications

Calma T (2011)

Tackling Indigenous smoking.

Of Substance; 9(2): 28-29

National tobacco campaign - break the chain (2011)

Department of Health and Ageing

The Break the chain campaign aims to contribute to halving the smoking rate for Indigenous Australians. This resource package has been produced by the Department of Health and is aimed at Indigenous smokers in order to increase awareness of the health impacts of smoking. The campaign will support quit attempts amongst smokers and promote strategies to avoid relapse among quitters. The package contains:

Abstact adapted from Department of Health & Ageing


Last updated: 22 April 2016
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