The smoking rate for Aboriginal adults in NSW is still considerably high.
HealthStats NSW shows that in 2021, the daily smoking rate among Aboriginal people is 23.1 per cent, compared to 7.7 per cent for non-Aboriginal people
Reducing smoking rates among Aboriginal people is a priority for NSW Health.
The reasons for the high smoking rates among Aboriginal people are complex. They include:
These factors can also discourage people who smoke from attempting to quit and may make it harder to quit successfully.
A key priority for NSW Health to tackling smoking among Aboriginal people is to work with Aboriginal communities to deliver culturally appropriate, comprehensive interventions that are effective in reducing Aboriginal smoking rates, including pregnant Aboriginal women.
Quitting can be hard. Nicotine is the substance in tobacco that creates a physical addiction to smoking. The good news is that you can beat the addiction if you get support.
NSW Aboriginal Quitline provides an individually tailored and culturally sensitive service to Aboriginal callers. This includes:
Visit 'Smoking and vaping resources for Aboriginal young people' for a range of resources available for Aboriginal young people to support them to quit smoking or to quit vaping.
NSW Health has three booklets to support Aboriginal people who are at different stages of quitting. Order these booklets for free using the Aboriginal smoking cessation booklet order form.
Visit Quit for new life for more information on smoking and quitting for Aboriginal pregnant women and their families.
Visit ATRAC Framework: A Strategic Framework for Aboriginal Tobacco Resistance and Control for more information about relevant evidence and key principles to encourage best practice approaches to address smoking in Aboriginal communities across NSW.
Visit National Tackling Indigenous Smoking program for a range of resources and information to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by reducing the prevalence of tobacco use.