Smoking statistics

In 2014/2015, one in seven (14%) Australians aged 15 years and over smoked daily, with an additional 2% smoking irregularly. This represents 2.5 million Australians who smoke daily, with more than 200,000 smoking irregularly.

Three in ten (30%) Australians reported ex-smokers, with over half having never smoked (55%).

Smoking by gender

In 2014/15, Australian males aged 15 and over were more likely to smoke than females.

More than 1.6 million Australian males aged 15 and over smoked, 90% of which smoked daily. More than 1.2 million Australian females aged 15 and over smoked, 91% of which smoked daily.

Smoking by age and gender

In males, the prevalence of smoking was highest amongst those aged 25-34 years.

Smoking status in females increased in the 45-54 year age-group.

Age

Male

Female

15–17

5.3%

2.8%

18–24

16.2%

17.3%

25–34

25.5%

14.2%

35–44

22.2%

14.1%

45–54

20.7%

17.2%

55–64

18.3%

12.9%

65–74

11.1%

6.9%

75+

4.0%

4.5%

Change in smoking status over time

Compared to 2001, the proportion of Australians aged 15 and over smoking has fallen by 36%. As a result there are more than one million fewer smokers.

Socio-demographic status

 

2001

2004/05

2007/08

2011/12

2014/15

Smoker (total)

24.2%

23.3%

20.1%

17.4%

15.5%

Smoker (males)

27.2%

26.2%

22.2%

19.5%

18.2%

Smoker (females)

21.2%

20.2%

18.0%

15.3%

12.8%

 

In 2014/15, Australians living in regional/remote locations those who were unemployed and those who were most disadvantaged were significantly more likely to smoke.

Smoking by socio-demographic status

 
 

%

Country of birth

Australia
Born overseas

17.1%
11.7%

Main lanuage spoken at home

English
Language other than English

16.3%
9.6%

Labour force

Employed
Unemployed

16.1%
26.7%

Index of disadvantage

Most disadvantaged
Least disadvantaged

21.0%
7.3%

Remoteness

Major cities
Regional and remote

14.2%
20.7%

Smoking by location

In 2014/15, the prevalence of smoking amongst Australians 15 years and over was lowest in the ACT, South Australia and Victoria. Prevalence of smoking was highest in the Northern Territory.

Smoking by location

State/territory

%

Northern Territory

21.6%

Tasmania

18.5%

Queensland

16.2%

Western Australia

15.8%

Victoria

14.8%

South Australia

14.1%

New South Wales

15.4%

Australian Capital Territory

13.1%

 

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey 2014/15 (4364.0)

 

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