Journal article

Smoking prevalence trends in Indigenous Australians, 1994-2004: a typical rather than an exceptional epidemic

David P Thomas

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR EQUITY IN HEALTH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In Australia, national smoking prevalence has successfully fallen below 20%, but remains about 50% amongst Indigenous Australians. Australian Indigenous tobacco control is framed by the idea that nothing has worked and a sense of either despondency or the difficulty of the challenge. METHODS: This paper examines the trends in smoking prevalence of Australian Indigenous men and women aged 18 and over in three large national cross-sectional surveys in 1994, 2002 and 2004. RESULTS: From 1994 to 2004, Indigenous smoking prevalence fell by 5.5% and 3.5% in non-remote and remote men, and by 1.9% in non-remote women. In contrast, Indigenous smoking prevalence rose by 5.7% in remote wome..

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