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Healthy Communities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2014–15 - Report - Overview

Healthy Communities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2014–15

Overview

Tobacco smoking is one of the largest single preventable causes of death and disease in Australia, and national smoking rates have been steadily declining due to effective public health strategies.

Yet in some local areas, smoking rates remain relatively high. This report presents adult daily smoking rates by Primary Health Network (PHN) areas across Australia. It finds that in 2014–15, smoking rates ranged from 5.4% in Northern Sydney to 23.3% in Western NSW and that regional PHN areas generally had higher smoking rates than metropolitan PHN areas.

Data revision

Note: Since publication in December 2016, figures have been updated to include age-standardised rates for comparative purposes, as of June 2018.

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In 2014–15 regional PHN areas had higher smoking rates than metropolitan PHN areas:

  • 18.0% Daily smokers in regional PHN areas
  • 14.5% Daily smokers in Australia
  • 12.7% Daily smokers in metropolitan PHN areas