People accessing community services make up a large proportion of the 230,000 Western Australians who still smoke tobacco.
Nobody should live in poverty, be socially excluded or die early because of tobacco. Many people accessing community services face circumstances that make it more likely that they will smoke and make it harder for them to try and quit.
If they continue to smoke, they are more at risk of intergenerational poverty and poor health. This can then reduce their capacity to overcome obstacles, therefore feeding the cycle of disadvantage and deprivation.
To improve people’s health and wellbeing, we need to consider all aspects that contribute to social and financial disadvantage. Tobacco must be a part of the conversation.
“People should be rehabilitated for not just their mental health but their physical health as well.” - Male smoker accessing an AOD service in Perth
“It's been a dream of mine to go travel …I’d like to go to the Indian Pacific and go over east and do all the stuff, but if I'm a smoker it's going to limit me.” - Male smoker accessing a mental health service in Perth