Jasper Jones -use for Education about Nicotine Damage02-Mar-2011 I read “The Smoke Must Clear Before We Close The Gap “ ,( The Weekend Australian February 26 –27 , FOCUS) by
Noel Pearson with admiration for his summing up of the problem of tobacco addiction within indigenous communities.
I remember reading many moons ago, that the indigenous who guarded our coastline in war time were paid with tobacco rations. I further wince when I read that the tobacco in Noel’s grandfather’s pipe had been “ the detritus discarded from the tobacco factory floor : the little metal stamp read “ For Aboriginal Use Only” .
Noel sums up the different strategies required , using a seven pronged approach , referring to existing smokers and prevention with the young. I recommend that the points he made be committed to memory by those in government and especially the newly formed Australian National Preventive Health Agency.
We could kill two birds with one stone by using a novel called “Jasper Jones “ . That is get the message across to all of us.
This is a very successful novel by Craig Silvey who I believe is promoting his book world wide.
Jasper Jones, the impetus for the story , is a part aborigine youth , a wonderful character as is the story teller Charlie and his Vietnamese friend who has a passion for cricket and Doug Walters. I counted over twenty times that Jasper takes out his packet of cigarettes , sometimes offering one to Charlie. The story is set in an Australian mining town in time of Vietnam war when smoking was really rife.
What I mean is this book is to be made into a film and this is the opportunity for action using the strategy , tactics and lures once used by big tobacco but for the opposite reasons. So that would be the perfect tool and would get the message across to all Australians that tobacco causes health problems and finally ruins your romantic life.
I’d like to thank Noel Pearson for sharing his wisdom.
Fay Thomson 127 Carabella St, Kirribilli, NSW, 2061 phone 02 99575579
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