Blow Away The Smokes: a guide to quitting cigarettes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Baker, FiL, and Gould, Gillian (2011) Blow Away The Smokes: a guide to quitting cigarettes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Mid North Coast Division of General Practice.

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[Extract] We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung and Yaegl people of the Mid North Coast North Coast of New South Wales. We pay our respects to Elders of the past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes for Aboriginal Australians. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Aboriginal people.

In this colourful and informative documentary, presenter Alec Doomadgee meets with smokers, ex-smokers and health professionals to talk about how to quit smoking cigarettes. Along the way, Alec finds out some of the support, methods and medications available to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people "blow away the smokes".

This DVD was commissioned by the Mid North Coast Division of General Practice as part of the national indigenous quit smoking program.

Research Statement

Research Background The aim of the Blow Away The Smokes DVD was to provide a culturally appropriate self-help resource. The content of the DVD was based on consultation with the No Smokes North Coast Steering Committee, and the local Aboriginal community and evidence from previous research. Script development was a collaborative process between the producer and the medical director, with feedback from representatives of the Aboriginal community. Anti-tobacco and cessation messages were designed to be positive and build efficacy. A professional Aboriginal presenter narrated the video and interacted with a range of trusted community members, Indigenous role models, and experts who presented anti-tobacco messages. Animated sections were included for visual impact: to entertain, educate and change the pace. Filming occurred over a 2 week period with strong input from Aboriginal community members across the mid-North Coast. The DVD was launched in December 2011 and distributed across the North Coast NSW through Aboriginal Medical Services, community organisations, and a dedicated web site. The DVD has received favourable reviews from both professionals and community members across Australia.
Research Contribution FiL Baker: Director, Producer, writer Dr Gillian Gould: medical director, co-writer, production adviser, tobacco treatment specialist
Research Significance This is the first in-depth DVD of its kind made to motivate, educate and support Indigenous smokers to quit smoking.
Item ID: 23707
Item Type: Other
Media of Output: Digital video
Keywords: Indigenous populations; tobacco smoking; smoking cessation; nicotine replacement therapy;
Additional Information:

The website includes a training guide in PDF.

Funders: Australian Government Department of Heath and Ageing
Projects and Grants: No Smokes North Coast, Indigenous Tobacco Control Initiative
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2012 23:00
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television @ 20%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 20%
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