Talking About Tobacco Use
The TATU (Talking About Tobacco Use) program is part of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program – TIS – funded by the Department of Health and based at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, Sydney.
TATU runs workshops with school students, youth groups, and partners with organisations and workplaces to create ambassadors and co-develop smoke-free environments and events.
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The TATU education program consists of 12 creative and engaging workshops that promote conversations about tobacco use and the benefits of a smoke free lifestyle.
We work with Elders groups, workplaces, schools, youth groups, sports teams, and breakfast clubs helping participants understand their own knowledge of smoking and discuss harmful myths about tobacco use.
We create culturally appropriate messaging and measure the shift in participants’ behaviour, attitude, circumstances, and knowledge regarding tobacco.
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When Jena and Gjai Met Smoky was created by TATU team members in collaboration with Sydney Artist Jessica Johnson and children from Sydney schools Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Glebe Public and Alexandria Park Community School.
It tells the story of Jena and Gjai as they overcome smoking in their community, helping others to realise that tobacco smoke kills and traditional smoke heals!
The comic is used in TATU workshops to present activities and information for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to help them develop the knowledge and skills to refuse tobacco and promote healthy lifestyles for them, their families and communities.
The comic was launched in November 2017 in the Koori Mail, with a digital version also made available to download and print and read anytime either in colour or there's a black and white version to colour in.