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Smoking and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori children

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  • David P Thomas,

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    1. Menzies School of Health Research and the Lowitja Institute Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia
      Associate Professor David P Thomas, Menzies School of Health Research, PO Box 41096, Casuarina NT 0811, Australia. Fax: +08 8927 5187; email: david.thomas@menzies.edu.au
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  • Marewa Glover

    1. Centre for Tobacco Control Research, Social and Community Health, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Associate Professor David P Thomas, Menzies School of Health Research, PO Box 41096, Casuarina NT 0811, Australia. Fax: +08 8927 5187; email: david.thomas@menzies.edu.au

Abstract

Smoking and the deaths and suffering it causes are more common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Māori than other Australians and New Zealanders. While, many tobacco control activities that are not specifically targeted at children will have a positive impact on child health, this review concentrates on recent tobacco control research on pregnant women and children. The important tasks are to reduce smoking by pregnant Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to reduce infant and child exposure to second-hand smoke and to reduce smoking initiation of children and adolescents. Health professionals who want to reduce the suffering caused by smoking among Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can be guided by much new relevant research evidence and clear frameworks about how to approach tobacco control in these communities.

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