Journal article

Smoking behaviours and other substance use among Indigenous andnon-IndigenousAustralian secondary students, 2017

Christina Heris, Nicola Guerin, David Thomas, Catherine Chamberlain, Sandra Eades, Victoria M White



INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Smoking is a major cause of preventable illness for Indigenous peoples. As most regular smoking is established during adolescence when other substances are often first used, effective tobacco prevention requires an understanding of the patterns of related substance use for Indigenous youth. DESIGN AND METHODS: We reviewed smoking among Indigenous students through cross-sectional analyses of the 2017 Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug survey and compared findings to non-Indigenous participants. We used logistic regression to evaluate differences in prevalence of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use, and how smoking and other substance use were related. RESULTS..

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Awarded by Australian Prevention Partnership Centre through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership centre grant scheme

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank and acknowledge the government and non-government education authorities, the school principals, teachers and students who cooperated to make this study possible. We thank the research staff for assistance with data collection. The ASSAD survey receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and State and Territory Governments of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory; as well as from Cancer Councils in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, Cancer Institute NSW and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. CH received a PhD scholarship from the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership centre grant scheme (Grant ID: GNT9100001, GNT9100003) with the NHMRC, Australian Government Department of Health, ACT Health, Cancer Council Australia, NSW Ministry of Health, South Australian Department for Health and Wellbeing, Tasmanian Department of Health, and VicHealth. CC receives an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1161065).