Talking About the Smokes is a large national research project to better understand the pathways to smoking and quitting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to evaluate what works in assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit smoking. 

The project is a collaboration between research institutions and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) and their state and national representative bodies.  It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

We conducted surveys in communities served by 34 ACCHSs and in the Torres Strait.  We completed  baseline surveys of 2522 community members and 645 staff members from April 2012 to October 2013.  We then conducted follow-up surveys of half of the eligible smokers and ex-smokers in July 2013 to September 2014.

We released our baseline results on 1 June 2015 in a special supplement of the Medical Journal of Australia, available at https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2015/202/10/supplement.

Our policy and practice briefs summarising the project’s findings so far are available here (June 2015), here (January 2017), here (December 2017), here (August 2018) and here (March 2019).

Our surveys are available at http://www.itcproject.org/countries/australia/tats

For further information, please contact David Thomas.

  1. Pack warning labels help Aboriginal smokers butt out

    Pack warning labels help Aboriginal smokers butt out

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    Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released by Menzies.

  2. Is it time to outlaw cigarette sales in Australia?

    Is it time to outlaw cigarette sales in Australia?

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    In a commentary published in the international journal Tobacco Control, Dr Marita Hefler said ďThe ongoing availability of cigarettes is an historical anomaly. Any other consumer product that kills up to two-thirds of its long-term users remaining legal is unimaginable.Ē

  3. Call to ban durries in Oz

    Call to ban durries in Oz

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    NT academic says outlawing smokes is not impossible THE rise in popularity of ecigarettes could open the door to a legislated ban on the sale of cigarettes, according to a Northern Territory academic.

  4. Top doctor calls for total ban on cigarettes, switch to e-cigarettes

    Top doctor calls for total ban on cigarettes, switch to e-cigarettes

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    Menzies School of Health researcher Dr Marita Hefler says the rapid evolution of alternative nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, meant outlawing combustible tobacco, including cigarettes, was now possible.

  5. Tackling smoking in remote communities

    Tackling smoking in remote communities

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    The development of Yarning about Smoking is a collaboration between the Health Departmentís Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Program in Primary Health Care and the Menzies School of Health Research

  6. NTG Media Release | Tackling smoking in remote communities

    NTG Media Release | Tackling smoking in remote communities

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    The development of Yarning about Smoking is a collaboration between the Health Departmentís Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Program in Primary Health Care and the Menzies School of Health Research. The resource can be used and accessed by people all across the Health Department as well as the NGO sector to provide assessments and intervention with people who are smoking.

  7. Media Release | Researchers will not accept support from tobacco industry funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

    Media Release | Researchers will not accept support from tobacco industry funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

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    Leading Australian researchers have stated they will not accept any funding or support from the tobacco industry funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World in an Editorial in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health today.

  8. NT News | NT Government events to go completely smoke free

    NT News | NT Government events to go completely smoke free

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    NT Tobacco Control Action Committee chairman David Thomas said the plan placed special emphasis on reducing harm for Aboriginal Territorians, who suffered the greatest burden from tobacco use.

  9. Territorians Health a Priority as new Tobacco Action plan launched on World No-Tobacco Day

    Territorians Health a Priority as new Tobacco Action plan launched on World No-Tobacco Day

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    The Territory Government has released its plan to improve the health of all Territorians by reducing the harm caused by tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke, and to prevent uptake by young people.

  10. RAGCP | Smoking question unlikely to be included in 2021 census

    RAGCP | Smoking question unlikely to be included in 2021 census

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    Professor David Thomas, a tobacco-control researcher who led the submission, is disappointed by the outcome but vows to keep fighting.