Support for residents and community based anti-smoking campaigns in the Northern Territory is the local focus of record new funding for Australia’s first four-year Tackling Indigenous Smoking program.
“Together, we are making progress in reducing smoking rates but tobacco is still claiming the lives of far too many Indigenous Territorians,” Senator Nigel Scullion said.
“On average, smoking is responsible for 20 per cent of preventable deaths among Aboriginal people and more than 10 per cent of the health problems encountered by our Indigenous communities.”
Senator Scullion said the new funding was an important part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to Closing The Gap in health inequality, by providing certainty and continuity for proven local campaigns to reduce the devastating impacts of tobacco-related disease.
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