The Heart Foundation is calling for the financial support of the Federal Government to help lower the smoking rate in Aboriginal communities.
About 50 per cent of Indigenous people smoke in Australia, compared with the national average discount cigarettes rate of 19 per cent.
The foundation is today launching a new strategy focused on education and intervention programs to bring down the Indigenous smoking rate.
Spokesman Maurice Swanson says its important culturally appropriate programs are developed to change smoking patterns.
“We are calling on the Federal Government to increase substantially the level of funding and resources they allocate to this extremely important area,” he said.
“If they do so and we are effective then we would expect the incidence of both heart disease and cancer in Indigenous people will fall.”
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