Tobacco Control News

Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Evidence in Brief – Findings from the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug Survey

February 22, 2024

This month, I thought you would be interested to hear about the latest findings from the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug Survey (ASSAD), published in late December 2023. The survey includes questions about tobacco and e-cigarette use (vaping) as well as alcohol and other drugs. ASSAD is a national survey which is usually completed every three years by Australian secondary school students aged 12-17 years. Take Home Message for TIS Teams: The good news from this latest data is the positive downward trend in tobacco use by young people. However, the significant increase in vaping is a concern because…

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Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Evidence Overview – Evidence to Inform Quit Campaigns

January 25, 2024

There are different ways people can quit smoking and choosing the best method will depend on individual preferences and experiences. Learning about different ways to quit and working out which method might work best is a key part of a person’s quit journey. Whilst TIS does not fund smoking cessation support, TIS workers still need up-to-date knowledge of the support available to people wanting to quit, as this can inform population health promotion campaigns and educational activities. Click on the thumbnail to read about different approaches to smoking cessation including: quitting unaided smoking cessation medication behavioural support. The key take…

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Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Research Round Up – Population Tobacco Control

November 1, 2023

Now that contracts are in place for the 2023-2026 funding period, I thought we should reflect on the value of population health promotion and its role in the fight against the harm caused by the tobacco Industry. In this research roundup, I share insights from the latest World Health Organization (WHO) report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2023 along with some recent examples of successful population health promotion activities in Australia and the USA, including: Smoke-free environments: current status and remaining challenges in Australia Impact of the ‘10,000 Lives’ program on Quitline referrals, use and outcomes by demography and Indigenous…

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Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Research Round Up – Passive Vaping

August 28, 2023

Most people are aware of the harms of second- and third-hand smoke from tobacco (‘passive smoking’), but what do we know about passive vaping? This month I decided to see what the evidence says. Click on the thumbnail to read the summaries of four recent research papers that shed light on this topic, including: Passive exposure of non-smokers to e-cigarette aerosols: Sensory irritation, timing and association with volatile organic compounds Indoor air quality and passive e-cigarette aerosol exposures in vape-shops Second hand electronic cigarette aerosol in vehicles impacts indoor air quality Passive exposure to electronic cigarette aerosol in pregnancy: A…

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Tackling Indigenous Smoking calendar – kids’ art competition

August 15, 2023

Update Tuesday 24 October: This competition has now closed. The major prize winner is Teyahnee K from Queensland. Congratulations Teyahnee! Love to create art? Enter this competition to be in the running to win a great prize! The Tackling Indigenous Smoking art competition is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 12 and under. Create a design on the topic ‘Why life is better without smoking or vaping’ and submit to win. The major prize The winner’s design will feature in the Tackling Indigenous Smoking 2024 calendar, which is distributed nationally. The winner will receive: 1 x…

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Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Research Roundup June 2023

June 30, 2023

  Welcome to the latest Tobacco Control News – Research Roundup, presented by Connie the Clever Cockie. This month, Connie has put together a summary of three new pieces of evidence covering factors that protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth from starting smoking, as well as those factors that increase the risk of taking up smoking; the implementation, impact and acceptability of the Quit for New Life (QFNL) program, a large-scale smoking cessation initiative for women having an Aboriginal baby; and the smoking and vaping rates for Australians aged 14 years and over from February 2018 to March 2023.…

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TIS Service areas commencing 1 July 2023

May 2, 2023

The Department of Health and Aged Care has updated the TIS Interactive Map to reflect the newly announced lead organisations for the Indigenous Regions (IREGs) from 1 July 2023. To view the IREGs and the lead TIS organisations: Go to the TIS Interactive Map page of the TIS website Click on the ‘Layers list’ tool in the top left-hand corner. Scroll down the layers list and check the box next to ‘Tackling Indigenous Smoking Service Areas commencing 1 July 2023’. Uncheck all other boxes in the layers list which you do not want displayed on the map. 3. Click on…

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Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Evidence in Brief – UK not OK: news from overseas

May 2, 2023

Welcome to the latest Tobacco Control News – Research Roundup, presented by Connie the Clever Cockie.  You have probably heard the recent news from overseas that the UK Government is launching a program to encourage people who smoke to switch to vaping. Under the ‘Swap to Stop’ scheme one million people who smoke in England will be given a free vaping starter kit. This is despite increasing concerns in the UK about the number of teenagers and young people taking up vaping. The UK Government’s approach is in stark contrast to that of Australia and many other countries, where the…

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Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Evidence in Brief – Vaping Prevalence Rates

March 22, 2023

Welcome to the latest Tobacco Control News – Research Roundup on vaping prevalence rates, presented by Connie the Clever Cockie. You might not have seen me at the National TIS Workers Workshop last week, but I was listening carefully to what you all had to say, especially around the topic of vaping (e-cigarette use). It was fantastic to hear about all the amazing work you are all doing to prevent the uptake of vaping by youth in the Nation-to-Nation Café. Some of you were also keen to know more about vaping prevalence rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.…

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Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Evidence in Brief – Social Media

February 28, 2023

Welcome to the latest Tobacco Control News – Research Roundup, presented by Connie the Clever Cockie. This month, Connie has put together a summary of the latest evidence on using social media to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. Click on the thumbnail to read the summaries of five papers, including: Mature aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are using digital health technologies Social media and health information sharing among Australian Indigenous people Considering the impact of social media on contemporary improvement of Australian Aboriginal health: Scoping review “That makes all the difference”: Aboriginal and Torres…

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Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Evidence in Brief – Vaping

December 21, 2022

Just a quick update on e-cigarettes this month: in November 2022, Cochrane updated their review of the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) for smoking cessation. This review is updated regularly and looks at whether vaping for smoking cessation is: effective; safe. For more of Connie the Clever Cockie’s updates, visit the Tobacco Control News page.

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Connie the Clever Cockie presents: Research Roundup on Vaping in Youth

November 11, 2022

Welcome to the first Tobacco Control News - Research Roundup, presented by Connie the Clever Cockie. This month, Connie has put together a summary of the latest evidence on Vaping in Youth. Click on the thumbnail to read the summaries of six papers, including: E-cigarette use and the relationship to smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australian Secondary Students, 2017 Vaping product access and use among 14–17-year-olds in New South Wales: a cross-sectional study School staff perceptions of the nature and consequences of students’ use of e-cigarettes Factors that influence the decision to vape among Indigenous youth…

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New paper finds positive impact of Tackling Indigenous Smoking program

October 22, 2021

A paper released this month by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) has highlighted the positive impact that the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program is having on tobacco-related behaviours and attitudes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The study found that areas of Australia where the TIS program is present, compared to non-TIS areas, have a significantly lower prevalence of: smoking inside households smoking 21 or more cigarettes a day smoking a cigarette within five minutes of waking (an indicator of nicotine dependence). The research included 8,549 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults aged 16 years or older.…

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iSISTAQUIT: How your service can be involved

June 21, 2021

What is iSISTAQUIT? iSISTAQUIT (implement Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting) is designed to increase health service capacity by providing best practice training in smoking cessation to healthcare workers who have contact with pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The iSISTAQUIT training and implementation package has been updated and is ready to launch! What's new? The package has been co-developed with input from specialist Aboriginal advisors. They are now offering two options for clinical staff participation: Option 1: Evaluation package. 1. self-paced online eLearning modules for health professionals (CPD points available – conditions apply) 2. hard copy educational resources…

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Smoking and Pregnancy Roundtable presentations now available

August 27, 2020

An Indigenous Smoking and Pregnancy Roundtable was held on 20 February 2020 in Canberra, ACT and was chaired by National Coordinator, Professor Tom Calma AO. The meeting brought together an invited group of academic researchers and service providers to consider current needs and future directions for addressing smoking in pregnancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers. Participants included representatives from a number of Regional Tobacco Control Grant recipient organisations. Professor Calma said that he hoped that this Roundtable would enable people to share best practice and also to recognise that it is not just people who are part of…

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NBPU TIS – COVID-19 Response

March 24, 2020

Hi everyone, The global COVID-19 pandemic means that this is an uncertain and stressful time for all of us. In these circumstances, it is important to rely on evidence-based actions and on information from reliable sources. The HealthInfoNet site has some useful links. It is important that we only reference official Australian sites and information and not rely on unofficial social media information or overseas strategies as they may be inaccurate or misleading. As a population health initiative, TIS workers will no longer be able to carry out the face to face activities you had planned for the coming months. This…

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Your new TIS Yarning Place has arrived. Join today!

March 17, 2020

The new Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Yarning Place has been officially launched. The National TIS Workers Yarning Group is a culturally-safe online community where TIS workers from across Australia can connect with their colleagues to share ideas about what’s working and what’s not, and seek advice and feedback. The group allows TIS workers to have dynamic, real-time conversations at any time and from any location. Group members will be able to share resources, keep informed about upcoming TIS events, and share photos, videos and learnings afterwards. The National TIS Workers Facebook Yarning Group is just the latest in an existing…

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Bega Garnbirringu Health Service nominated for WA Young Achievers Award

June 6, 2018

Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, located in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia, were recently nominated for a West Australian (WA) Young Achievers Award. Bega were invited to submit their Hip Hop Project, developed as part of their Tackling Indigenous Smoking activities, as a nomination for the awards. The purpose of the Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people. While Bega were unsuccessful in winning the Award, it is a fantastic achievement to be nominated, and a testament to their hard work in tackling smoking in their region. Bega's certificate of achievement can be…

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MDAS and Mildura Central combine to promote smoke free message

May 29, 2018

A partnership between Mildura Central Shopping Centre and Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) has brought about the installation of bright, new covers over the bollards delineating the smoke-free zone at the shopping centre entrances. 'We thought it was a great opportunity to take the smoke-free message to the community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous,' said Nathan Yates, MDAS Regional Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking. 'It was a fantastic gesture by Mildura Central to allow us to use the bollards, free-of-charge to install the covers and get the message to around 4,000 people a day who come into Mildura Central.' The bollards,…

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