Deadly Places, Smoke-Free Spaces is an initiative by The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health aimed at reducing the prevalence of tobacco smoking, particularly within health services and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workplaces.
It includes smoke-free policies, smoking cessation and nicotine dependence education and support programs for staff and their families. It also encourages creating and identifying smoke-free spaces – including workplaces, houses and cars to increase health and wellbeing in the community.
Going smoke-free is a Deadly Choice – why?
- Tobacco smoking is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia
- There are approx. 19,000 smoking related deaths each year
- 47% of Indigenous people smoke compared to 17% of the Australian population
- Smokes cost about $20 per pack, so if you smoke 1 pack of cigarettes a day you’ll spend $7280 per year!
If you have been thinking about giving up the smokes, now is a great time to get support from your local Aboriginal Medical Service.