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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.
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 Mendelsohn, Tobacco Treatment Specialist1
Gillian S Gould, PhD Candidate,2 and Adjunct Senior Lecturer3
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.
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Thomas DP. Changes in smoking intensity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 1994–2008. Med J Aust 2012; 197: 503-506.
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Tverdal A, Bjartveit K. Health consequences of reduced daily cigarette consumption. Tob Control 2006; 15: 472-480.
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Asfar T, Ebbert JO, Klesges RC, Relyea GE. Do smoking reduction interventions promote cessation in smokers not ready to quit? Addict Behav 2011; 36: 764-768.
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Ivers R. Anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Canberra: Australian Government, 2011. (AIHW Cat. No. IHW 37.)
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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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