Tackling Indigenous Smoking


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The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people by reducing the prevalence of tobacco use.

The funding is for undertaking multi-level approaches to tobacco control, which combine a range of evidence-based tobacco control activities to meet the needs of different population groups within a region.

The TIS team consists of 5 TIS workers and a Coordinator.

TIS activities take a community health promotion approach which aims to inform and support people in their decisions not to smoke or to quit smoking. These activities will:

  •  encourage community involvement in and support for local tobacco control activities

  • increase community understanding of the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco and the links between tobacco and chronic disease

  •  improve knowledge, skills and understanding of the health impacts of smoking and pathways to quitting among workers and community leaders

  •  promote the benefits of never becoming a smoker

  •  seek to reduce environmental smoke and exposure to passive smoking

  •  improve access to targeted support to quit through clinical and non-clinical services.


TIS is a regional team and service the following communities; Griffith, Lake Cargelligo/Murrin Bridge, Hay, Hillston, Darlington Point, Leeton, Narrandera, Tumut/Brungle, Wagga, Cootamundra, Young, Junee, Finley, Moama, Deniliquin and West Wyalong.


We have 5 main programs we run within our service area, being;

  •  Free, Fresh & Fit – All Year 6 Students

  •  Smoke-Free 4 Life – ATSI Students in Year 10

  •  Beat the Boondah – ATSI people wanting to quit smoking

  •  We’re Tobacco Free for New Life – targeting pregnant/young mothers and immediate family members wanting to quit smoking.

  •  Passport to Better Health – 10 Step mini health check targeting all community members, particularly ATSI people, to encourage them to get regular check-ups.


Do I need a referral to access the TIS Team?

You can be referred to our program from your Doctor or Support/Health Worker.

Self-referrals are always welcomed.

If you require the assistance of the TIS Team, please call the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service on 02 696 20000