Tackling Tobacco – why priority populations?
While smoking rates have declined to 12.1 per cent in South Australia, the proportion of people who smoke in priority populations is significantly higher. Priority populations with high smoking rates include:
- People with low income or who are currently unemployed
- People experiencing homelessness
- People living with mental illness
- People in contact with the criminal justice system
- People with substance use disorders
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People who identify as LQBTIQ+
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Tackling Tobacco – why your organisation?
There are many reasons to tackle tobacco within your organisation and help people quit smoking. Addressing smoking provides real benefits to staff and people who access services.
Additionally, community services are well placed to address tobacco and provide support on how to quit smoking because:
- You have existing connections with priority populations within South Australia
- Are familiar and skilled in promoting positive behavioural change with people who access your service
- Have a commitment to the values of social justice, fairness and equity
- Have a commitment to improving the wellbeing and opportunities of people who access your service
- We’re with you every step of the way.