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The gap in tobacco use between remote Indigenous Australian communities and the Australian population can be closed
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    Community perspective on reducing Australian Indigenous Smoking
    • Alan R Clough, Associate Professor
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jan A Robertson, David J MacLaren, Marlene A Thompson

    In our study in remote Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land we have now interviewed 305 smokers. Of these, 181 had quit intentions and 37 were trying to quit at the time of interview. The effectiveness of more intensive support compared with brief advice has not been evaluated in these populations. However, the need for more intensive support is highlighted in smokers’ own words, for example:

    “I’m trying to...

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    How best to quickly reduce the prevalence of Australian Indigenous smoking
    • David P Thomas, Senior Research Fellow
    • Other Contributors:
      • Vanessa Johnston

    We agree with the authors of this letter that closing the gap between the smoking prevalence in Indigenous and other Australians is possible, but we do not agree how this is most likely to be achieved.

    Many health clinics in remote Indigenous communities in Australia are better at providing brief advice than is implied by the authors. An audit of records in 56 health clinics found that 43% of diabetics and 25% th...

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