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Changes in smoking intensity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 1994–2008

Med J Aust 2013; 198 (9): 479. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11693

To the Editor: The recent study by Thomas1 documents the change in smoking intensity of Australian Indigenous people between 1994 and 2008. A significant overall reduction in heavy smoking was observed with a corresponding increase in the proportion of light smoking.

  • Colin P Mendelsohn1
  • Gillian S Gould2,3

  • 1 Smokers’ Clinic, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD.
  • 3 School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, NSW.

Correspondence: mendel@bigpond.net.au

Acknowledgements: 

Gillian Gould holds a postgraduate training scholarship for Indigenous health research from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the National Heart Foundation.

Competing interests:

Colin Mendelsohn has received honoraria for teaching, consulting and travel from Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline. He is on Pfizer’s Champix Advisory Board and has served on GlaxoSmithKline’s Nicotine Replacement Therapy Expert Panel.

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