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High smoking rates among Aboriginal community cause financial hardship

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1296
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. Sydney

    High smoking rates among indigenous Australians—up to 80% in some communities—are contributing to financial hardship, crime, and violence, a new report says.

    It also says that cultural factors promote smoking among Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and the report highlights neglect of the problem by governments and the public health sector.

    The report was released just a week after new figures showing that Australia now has one of the developed world's lowest rates of smoking. In 2001 19.5% of Australians aged over 14 reported smoking regularly, compared with 21.5% in 1998.

    The new report, by …

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