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Seeking a comprehensive approach to tobacco control for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Sandra J Eades and Catherine Chamberlain
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (10): 511-512. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00455

Tobacco smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (hereafter we use the term “Aboriginal” to refer to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but do so with respect for the autonomy of the two peoples) is the leading cause of health inequities in this population, and its control is essential to “closing the gap” in health status between Aboriginal and other Australians.1 Australia, however, currently lacks a comprehensive framework that guides and monitors the effectiveness of tobacco control efforts among Aboriginal people at the local, state and national levels.

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  • Sandra J Eades1
  • Catherine Chamberlain1,2

  • 1 Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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