The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking epidemic

What stage are we at, and what does it mean?

Raymond Lovett, Katherine A. Thurber, Raglan Maddox

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Smoking is the leading contributor to the burden of disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and there is considerable potential for change. Understanding the epidemic stage may provide insight into probable trends in smoking-attributable mortality, and inform program and policy development. Tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians has declined substantially, accompanied by declining tobacco-related cardiovascular mortality. Based on the available evidence, we expect tobacco-related cancer mortality to remain high, but peak within the next decade; however, there is a critical need for improved evidence to make an accurate assessment. The continuation and expansion of comprehensive tobacco reduction measures is expected to further decrease tobacco use. Health gains will be observed over both the short and long term.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2741733
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Health Research and Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


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