Reports and publications

Starting to smoke: experiences of Indigenous youth

Posted on: 25 February, 2013
Issue: Vol 13 No 1, January 2013 – March 2013
Related to Alcohol use Tobacco use Social issues Northern Territory

Johnston V, Thomas D, Westphal D, Earnshaw C (2013)
Starting to smoke: experiences of Indigenous youth
Melbourne: Lowitja Institute

This report documents the methodology, findings and conclusions of the Starting to smoke research project. The aim of the project was to explore the reasons young Indigenous people in the Northern Territory start smoking as well as the protective factors which prevent smoking. Young people aged 13-20 years of age were recruited from urban and remote communities to participate in one-on-one and group interviews.

A particular focus of the project was on the social and cultural processes that influence smoking uptake in this group. Based on the project’s findings, the report makes recommendations regarding future smoking prevention initiatives. The project was carried out in the Northern Territory across two sites: one in Darwin and one in a remote community in Arnhem Land.

Abstract adapted from Lowitja Institute