Why are Indigenous smoking rates high? Colonialism, that’s why

Discriminatory practices dating back to Australia’s colonial history are at least partly to blame for a comparatively high smoking rate among Indigenous populations, according to a team of academic researchers at the Australian National University.

In a paper being published today in Public Health Research & Practice, Canberra-based researchers have found while Australia as a whole has made good progress at reducing the national smoking rate to one of the lowest levels in the world, the rate remains much higher among Indigenous communities.

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