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Smoke-free success stories in Ramingining

Date posted: 6 October 2017

Phase one of a project aiming to support householders in three Northern Territory (NT) communities to become smoke-free has uncovered many success stories.

The Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS) Top End Smoke-Free Spaces Project team completed their final house visits in the Ramingining phase of the project in September. In the eight months since their first visits in February, ARDS facilitators and local workers visited all but one house in the community. Overall, 192 dialogues with residents were conducted.

In these interactions, ARDS provided information about the 'deep story' of smoking, an understanding of passive smoking from a Yolŋu perspective, as well as an invitation to try and respect non-smokers by smoking away from the house, to barrku buny’tjurr (smoke away, at a distance). As a direct result of these dialogues, 32 householders with no smoking rule previously will now attempt to create a barrku buny’tjurr rule. Another 10 houses with an existing weak rule, will try to strengthen their rule. That equates to almost half of all households in Ramingining trying to create smoke-free spaces.

In addition, lots of people have quit smoking, and many others want to quit. This suggests that with further support and education, there is good potential to reduce smoking rates in Ramingining.

The project has now moved to Gapuwiyak and Minyjilang.

Source: Aboriginal Resource and Development Services


Last updated: 6 October 2017
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