While smoking rates have been declining nationally, rates in some local areas are still relatively high. The report finds one-third of all local areas had smoking rates of at least 20% – equivalent to at least one in five people smoking daily. Smoking is still one of the largest single preventable causes of death and disease in Australia and is a major risk factor for many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke and many cancers.
The first report to break down tobacco smoking rates at the local level in Australia found the highest rate of adult smokers was in Grampians (Victoria), where 28% of adults smoked daily, compared to 6% in Sydney North Shore & Beaches.
Note: Since publication in October 2013, figures have been updated to include age-standardised rates for comparative purposes, as of June 2018.