Smoking rates in the Aboriginal community remain high. Around one in four Aboriginal people in NSW aged 16 years and above smoke tobacco daily, which is more than double the rate for non-Aboriginal people.
There are a number of reasons for this, and Central Coast Health Promotion is working with local Aboriginal organisations to establish partnerships and develop innovative projects that support Aboriginal people to stop smoking, such as a recent Aboriginal art project to convey its impacts.
Quitline is a confidential telephone service providing support to help you plan and quit smoking.
Aboriginal Quitline advisors provide a culturally-sensitive and private service. They are experienced in helping people quit smoking, and stay on track while they are quitting. Advisors will provide tips on how to quit, including medications and products that can help, and how to manage your cravings.
If you would like help to quit, or you would like to refer someone to get help, call the Aboriginal Quitline on 13 78 48, or talk to your health professional. The cost is the same as a local call – and you can even ask the Quitline to call you back, so you only pay for the cost of the initial call.