Sharing your World No Tobacco Day events and pictures

On Thursday 31 May 2018, people around the globe observed World No Tobacco Day, an opportunity to highlight the health and other risks associated with smoking tobacco. The 37 Tackling Indigenous Smoking teams across Australia hosted a number of events as part of World No Tobacco Day. Please see below for some information about how each team got involved with this important day. Bega Garnbirringu […]

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About the TIS program

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by reducing the prevalence of tobacco use through population health promotion activities. The program has a number of parts: regional tobacco control grants (RTCGs) to organisations a National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) a National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking enhancements to Quitline services […]

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Cold turkey

Evidence suggests that supported quit attempts (e.g. using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), having group or individual counselling) are more successful than unaided attempts. However not everyone wants to use medicine such as NRT, or see a counsellor and many smokers quit unaided. Unaided quitting is known as going ‘cold turkey’. Smokers who want to quit this way should be advised to make a plan. Planning […]

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Advisory Group members

Please see below for a full list of the current National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) Advisory Group members. Mr Bradley Brown (Chair) Aboriginal Prevention Program Manager, Cancer Council Victoria Bradley’s blood line is Gunditjmara, which is located in Western Victoria. He is proud of his Aboriginal and Irish descent and has strong family, community and cultural values. He has over […]

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About NBPU TIS

What does NBPU TIS do? The National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) has been established to provide tailored support to organisations funded under the national Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program. The NBPU TIS can assist organisations with TIS-related matters, such as: accessing research, information and resources on population health promotion and tobacco control developing Activity Work Plans for TIS activities developing […]

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Counselling

Behavioural counselling is well established as an effective support mechanism for individuals wishing to quit smoking. Counselling is effective when delivered either on a one-to-one, or in a group setting. There is a relationship between the intensity (length of session contact) and duration (number of sessions) of behavioural smoking cessation counselling and its effectiveness, but even low intensity counselling (3-10 minutes) improves quit rates. Although the […]

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Brief intervention

Brief intervention (see Box 1) is accepted as an effective approach which increases quit rates in motivated individuals. This approach has been found to be most effective when combined with other interventions such as behavioural support, and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Although it is usually delivered in a one-to-one situation, increasing access to brief intervention training is an important and effective part of a population health […]

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Young people

School-based education and awareness activities It is important to provide health promotion for primary and secondary school age people. There is evidence that school-based activities have an increased chance of working if they: are interactive include social influences and peer leadership use culturally appropriate activities are tailored for the age of the children. Linking school-based interventions into wider community activities as part of a multi-component […]

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Mothers and babies

According to data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, almost half of all pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women smoke. Smoking in pregnancy can be supported/encouraged by people’s expectations about what is considered ‘normal’ behaviour, as well as family influences. Quitting is seen as a difficult thing to do. Despite strong protective attitudes for the unborn baby, continued smoking may be thought […]

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Mass media and social marketing

Mass media and social marketing campaigns aim to reduce the number of people who smoke by changing attitudes, beliefs and intentions surrounding tobacco use. Mass media campaigns take a traditional marketing approach to this aim, treating the desire to be smoke-free as a product to be sold. In contrast, social marketing uses knowledge of specific community barriers to develop more targeted marketing approaches. Both approaches […]

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Contact the National Best Practice Unit

Desley Thompson – Manager Primary contact for grant recipients and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations Email: desley.thompson@nintione.com.au Ph: (08) 8211 0430 General inquiries Ph: 1800 282 624 (tollfree) Email: info@tacklingindigenoussmoking.com.au

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About the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Resource and Information Centre

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking Resource and Information Centre (TISRIC) has been developed by the National Best Practice Unit for Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) to support the use of best practice by organisations funded under the Australian Government Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program. The emphasis for organisations delivering TIS activities (regional grant holders) is to: make sure their activities are based on evidence of effectiveness (there […]

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