Overview

Tobacco smoking is the single most important preventable cause of ill health and death in Australia. Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, of which over 70 cause cancer.

More reports and statistics on tobacco smoking can be found under Alcohol, Alcohol & other drug treatment services and Illicit use of drugs.

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Latest findings

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable health burden in Australia

People with mental health conditions are more likely to use tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke has declined significantly

Australians are increasingly supportive of cannabis use and most support pill-testing.

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of ex-drinkers rose from 7.6% to 8.9%.

In 2019, 11.0% of Australians smoked tobacco daily, down from 12.2% in 2016 and 24% in 1991.

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