Research shows best quit aid is family example

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

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 biggest impact on them. University of Canberra PhD candidate Raglan Maddox and Dr Ray Lovett presented some of their research findings to the prestigious Richard Doll seminars in public health and epidemiology at Oxford University.

The research is being used to help direct the future of anti-smoking campaigns.

The chief executive of the Winnunga Nimmityjah health centre, Julie Tongs, said that since 2002, it had run a ”No More Boondah” program, which was a Wiradjuri word for cigarettes and smoking. ”It’s a word that’s also being used in TV advertisements now,” she said.

”One of the most surprising things about the research has been finding out how many people want to quit.”

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