Plan to Address Indigenous Smoking

Former social justice commissioner Tom Calma has been named the country’s first National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking.

Current estimates show 50 per cent of Indigenous adults smoke compared with 20 per cent of the rest of the population.

Mr Calma says, “Up until the early 70s indigenous communities around the country were being paid their wages in tobacco and other goods, and through various policies over the years we’ve created a habit.”

The scheme is part of the COAG Closing the Gap agreement.

Posted via email from 4ZZZ News

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