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

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

Non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in use of pain-killers.

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of people who had ever used e-cigarettes rose from 8.8% to 11.3%.

Smoking rates increase with socioeconomic disadvantage, but illicit drug use highest in the most advantaged areas.

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

In 2019, 43% of Australians had illicitly used a drug in their life and 16.4% had used one in the last 12 months.

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