Smoking is responsible for one in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths and is the most preventable cause of poor health and early death among Indigenous people.
Nationally the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program aims to improve life expectancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by reducing tobacco use.
Winnunga’s TIS health promotion program delivers a range of activities including information sessions and stalls at events, schools and workplaces to provide education and information on smoking harms. Smoking cessation support is referred to Winnunga’s ‘No More Boondah’ quit smoking program and the Aboriginal quitline. TIS has a range of free promo gear, displays and models targeting smoking in pregnancy, avoiding uptake of smoking especially youth, the dangers of second hand smoke and keeping cars and homes smoke free.
Winnunga’s TIS team cover the ACT/Canberra area.