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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking epidemic: what stage are we at, and what does it mean

11 Oct 2017
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The number of smoking-related deaths among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is predicted to continue to increase, and to peak over the next decade, resulting in thousands of premature deaths.
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Smoking is the leading contributor to the burden of disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and there is considerable potential for change.

Understanding the epidemic stage may provide insight into probable trends in smoking-attributable mortality, and inform program and policy development.

Tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians has declined substantially, accompanied by declining tobacco-related cardiovascular mortality.

Based on the available evidence, we expect tobacco-related cancer mortality to remain high, but peak within the next decade; however, there is a critical need for improved evidence to make an accurate assessment.

The continuation and expansion of comprehensive tobacco reduction measures is expected to further decrease tobacco use. Health gains will be observed over both the short and long term.

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DOI
10.17061/phrp2741733
APO URI: http://apo.org.au/node/113641
Volume: 
27
Issue: 
4
Pagination: 
e2741733
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License Type: 
CC BY-NC-SA
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Yes