Smoking statistics tell us that smoking related illnesses claim 20,500 Australian lives a year. That translates to one smoker dying every 26 minutes.
With an estimated 50% of the 2.5 million adult smokers attempting to quit, at least once this year, we have to do more to help them.
Reducing smoking deaths should be our main focus.
Adults born in Australia were more likely to be a current smoker than those born overseas (12.2% v 7.6%)
Those who spoke English at home were almost twice as likely to be current daily smokers, compared with those who spoke another language (11.4% v 5.8%)
More than one in five (22%) adults who were unemployed were current daily smokers
Adults living in the most disadvantaged areas were more than three times as likely to be a current daily smoker.
Adults living is outer regional & remote areas were almost twice as likely to be a current daily smoker.
Smoking statistics shows almost one in five (18.5%) adults who had a highest level of educational attainment of year 10 or below were current daily smokers.
Smoking statistics show adults who reported their health as fair to poor were more than twice as likely to be current daily smoker.
Smoking statistics show more than one in five (23.4%) adults living in group households were current daily smokers.
Smoking statistics show the daily smoking numbers peak at between 45 & 64 years of age, at 13.4% of the population.