Apr 2021 | Talking About the Smokes: Policy and Practice Brief

In Australia, national smoking prevalence is decreasing among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking prevalence remains higher than in nonremote areas and is not improving. In remote areas, More smokers had made a quit attempt if they were younger or reported being unable to buy essentials due to money spent on smokes, being more stressed, having several pro‐quitting motivations and attitudes, having an effective smoke‐free home, or being encouraged to quit by a health professional or by family/friends. Of these, more had sustained their last quit attempt for one month or more if they reported being more socially advantaged, no smoking‐induced deprivation, being less dependent, chewing pituri or an having effective smoke‐free home. Our findings support continued attention in remote areas on smoke‐free homes and health staff providing regular encouragement to all smokers to quit and more use of smokers' friends and family for support.