World No Tobacco Day 2014

smoking web smlEvery year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. For World No Tobacco Day 2014, we are calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco.

World Health Organisation

Apunipima is holding events across 10 Cape York communities this week to celebrate World No Tobacco Day which falls on May 31.

A range of communities will hold tobacco education displays, tobacco education sessions and morning teas over the next few days while the community of Mossman Gorge will hold an afternoon event on Wednesday featuring tobacco education displays and sessions, traditional games and sporting and cultural activities followed by a healthy BBQ. The Lockhart River and Mapoon Men’s Groups will hold a special men’s camp on the weekend, focusing on tobacco education, healthy living and cultural activities.

Frank’s Challenge, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander anti-smoking comic developed by Apunipima and students from Djarragun College, will be launched by Regional Coordinator Tobacco and Healthy Lifestyles Mario Assan at Apunipima’s Cairns office at 10 am on Thursday. Representatives from the Skytrans Cairns Taipans and Djarragun College students will attend the launch.

‘World No Tobacco Day allows us to shine a light on the high rates of smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cape York,' Mr Assan said.

‘Overall, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are more than twice as likely as the non-Indigenous population to be daily smokers. 2009 figures indicate that 27 out of every 100 adults in Cape York smoke, compared with 15 in Queensland and 18 in Australia. Even more worryingly, seven out of every 10 pregnant women on the Cape smoke compared to five in Queensland and two in Australia.’

‘Apunipima’s goal is to reduce the general smoking rate on Cape York by 15 percent and the antenatal smoking rate by 25 % by 2018. We are committed to educating Cape York people about the dangers of smoking and helping to Close the Gap by reducing the rates of smoking on the Cape.’

World No Tobacco Day Events


27 May 2014

Coen, Kowanyama, Napranum, Wujal Wujal

10am - 11am

Tobacco education display, tobacco education session, morning tea 

28 May 2014

Aurukun, Hopevale, Pormpuraaw

10am - 11am

Tobacco education display, tobacco education session, morning tea 

Mossman Gorge

3pm - 5.30pm

Tobacco education display and sessions, healthy BBQ, traditional games, sporting activities, cultural activities

29 May 2014


10am - 11am 

Tobacco education display, tobacco education session, morning tea, launch of Frank’s Challenge comic with Djarragun College students and Skytrans Cairns Taipans

30 May 2014

Lockhart River

9am – 3pm

School sports carnival, tobacco education display, traditional Indigenous games

31 May 2014


Lockhart River and Mapoon Men’s Camp

Tobacco education display, tobacco education session, cultural cooking

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