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Live Healthy, Live Strong – Smoke Free, the way to be

A bit about my work: My name is Lekisha and I’m the acting Regional Tobacco Coordinator for Central Australian Aboriginal Congress’ Healthy Lifestyle & Tobacco Cessation Program in Alice Springs. Our Program aims to encourage Aboriginal people of the Central Australian region to quit smoking, eat healthy and get fit through the promotion of important […]


Myth: Smoking won’t do anything to me until I’m older

Myth: Smoking won’t do anything to me until I’m older. Afraid not! Fact: Ok, cancers and heart disease do take a while to show up, BUT  the earlier you start smoking, the sooner the cigarettes start to rot your body. Bad breath, yellow teeth, yellow fingers, smelly hair and clothes, shortness of breath, wheezing, reduced fitness […]


Myth: You can’t get sick or die from passive smoking

MYTH: You can’t get sick or die from passive smoking. FACT:  Of all of the people who die from sickness caused by smoking, 1 out of 4 don’t even smoke!  ‘Second-hand’ smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette and from the smoke that the smoker blows out after inhaling. Non-smokers who are exposed […]


Quit tip – play exciting games to reduce cravings

If you are trying to quit smoking then one tactic to reduce nicotine cravings is to engage in new exciting cooperative games or puzzles, suggests a recent study titled “An fMRI Study of Nicotine-Deprived Smokers’ Reactivity to Smoking Cues during Novel/Exciting Activity” . In the study, the team tested their theory with the use of fMRI brain scanning during the cooperative game playing. The games were randomised between […]

Raglan Maddox, CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service Julie Tongs and Dr Ray Lovett will present their research internationally on the health effects of smoking in the indigenous community. Photo: Jay Cronan

Research shows best quit aid is family example

If you are a smoker you can have a great effect in your community by quitting and being an example to your family and friends. Research at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service at Narrabundah in the ACT found that 92% of indigenous smokers want to quit smoking, and seeing friends and family successfully quit has the […]


Myth: Social smoking is harmless

Fact: Any level of smoking, even a drag here and there, is dangerous and can lead to health problems and a stronger addiction.  Some people claim that they are not addicted to nicotine as they only have a cigarette now and then or drags off their mates.  However, nicotine is so highly addictive that even […]

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NZ Maori want to be first indigenous smoke free

Kiri Danielle speaks with NZ Minister Hon. Tariana Turia about the Maori becoming the first indigenous nation to voluntarily become smoke free. She encourages young people to have the faith and self belief that things can change and that they can be the champions of that change. What an inspiring message for indigenous young people […]

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Three month smoke-free!

Giving up smoking has made such a positive impact on my health and wellbeing. Getting fit has made me feel great and my skin is bright and clear – and I can even walk up a flight of stairs without puffing. PLUS I have extra cash in my pocket! Also, since quitting and getting into […]


What’s the deal with e-cigarettes?

You may have heard people talking about using electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or e-cigs) as a way to try to quit smoking. But they are illegal and could be dangerous. Here are a few things you should know about e-cigarettes: 1. An e-cigarette is a battery operated device that contains nicotine. The nicotine is […]

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Theresa Paterson – The slip-up!

Since my last blog entry, I caught up with some of my mates over a social drink (all smokers!) and I admit that the cravings to smoke with them kicked in hard. In the back of my head, I knew that if I was going to have a night out with my friends who smoke, […]

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Theresa Paterson – On the road again

Last week, I set off on the road again to regional Victoria with my colleague Cherie Waight, Senior Project Officer of the Palliative Care  program. We visited some of the local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and met with the local Koori Mental Health Liaison Worker’s in Shepparton and then stopped in for a yarn with […]


Theresa Paterson – Staying Positive

I have now replaced my bad habit, which was almost like a hobby, with exercise (that’s me getting ready to shoot some hoops). At times I can feel down and almost depressed (must be all the toxins leaving my body) so having found something active to do helps heaps now that I’m not smoking. People […]

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Melanie Herdman – Smoking & Family

I asked most of the family why they smoked in the first place and they all said they were taught by older friends and family. Now I think that teenagers and even younger ages about 10 are doing it because they think it’s fun. A lot of times I have heard family and friends wanting […]