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.
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Changes in smoking intensity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 1994–2008
Colin P Mendelsohn and Gillian S Gould
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (9): 479.
Colin P Mendelsohn, Tobacco Treatment Specialist1
Gillian S Gould, PhD Candidate,2 and Adjunct Senior Lecturer3
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Gould G, Munn J, Watters T, et al. Knowledge and views about maternal tobacco smoking and barriers for cessation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: a systematic review and meta-ethnography. Nicotine Tob Res 2013; 15: 863-874.
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