Journal article

Changes in the age young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people start smoking, 2002-2015

Christina L Heris, Sandra J Eades, Louise Lyons, Catherine Chamberlain, David P Thomas

Public Health Research & Practice | SAX INST | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To analyse trends in smoking initiation and prevalence among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Indigenous people) to identify which stages of adolescence and young adulthood prevention activities should target. METHODS: Secondary analysis of 'daily smoking' and 'never smoked' responses from Indigenous people aged 15 years and older in five national Indigenous surveys from 2002 to 2014-15, and of initiation age among those aged 18 years and older in 2004-05 and 2012-13. RESULTS: Smoking prevalence among 15-24-year-olds declined significantly between 2002 and 2014-15, falling 14 percentage points (95%percnt; confidence interval [CI] 8, 21) from 45%percnt; to 31%pe..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Prevention Partnership Centre through the National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Centre grant scheme


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was provided to VACCHO by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for a broader project including this research, and provided travel support for authors. A portion of this funding was provided to the Menzies School of Health Research for completion of the analysis. CH receives a PhD scholarship from The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Centre grant scheme (Grant ID: GNT9100001).