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We Breathe – Tackling Indigenous Smoking

Formally known as Butt Out Boondah, We Breathe – Tackling Indigenous Smoking is a health promotion program that aims to reduce the harm of tobacco smoking and vaping for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are now servicing communities from Nowra to Eden, and continuing to support Goulburn, Cooma, Yass and Queanbeyan. The program is funded by a regional grant as a part of the National Tackling Indigenous Smoking program.

Through a community-based approach, We Breathe seeks to empower individuals to take action and quit smoking for good. The program educates individuals about the harm of tobacco and the impacts of second and third-hand smoke.

We deliver locally appropriate programs and activities that aim to:

  • Engage community members in tobacco cessation activities.
  • Raise awareness in communities about the health impacts of second hand and third hand smoke.
  • Encourage and support non-smokers to avoid uptake
  • Improve access to culturally appropriate quit services
  • Encourage and support smokers to quit
  • Supporting communities to be smoke-free homes, workplaces and public spaces.

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Fact Sheets


Quitline is a free, confidential phone and online service – Talk to an advisor.
Free Quit Pack and Free call-back service. Mon – Fri: 7am – 10:30pm. Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 9am – 5pm.
13 78 48

Contact the We Breathe team

Soozie Gillies, Program Coordinator- ,02 6298 2900

For media enquiries, please contact Juliet Shoebridge, Program Communications Officer –

Community Stories

Peter Harris’ Story

Peter Harris is a well-known, young, Indigenous man from the Queanbeyan region who is passionate about exercise and sport – especially basketball. Peter is a talented basketball player, he coaches younger teams and is a positive role model for them.

Peter is looked up to by his peers and has even been recognised for his leadership abilities by the Queanbeyan Palerang NAIDOC Award Committee. Peter has made the choice not to smoke, to benefit his physical health so that he can keep playing sport and be on top of his game.

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