The MyHealthyCommunities website is closing on 30 June 2019

Don’t worry – you can still find the latest information about your local area on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW)External link, opens in a new window.[] website, along with many more reports and data on a range of health and welfare topics.

Visit the Healthy community indicatorsExternal link, opens in a new window.[] page to use the new interactive tool to explore health topics including health risk factors, cancer, expenditure, and different population groups in your Primary Health Network (PHN) area.

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Once the MyHealthyCommunities website closes, you will be able to access an archived version through TroveExternal link, opens in a new window.[], the National Library of Australia’sExternal link, opens in a new window.[] web archive. Please note the interactive content will not work in the archived version.

Healthy Communities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2011–12 - Report - Overview

Healthy Communities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2011–12


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.

Data revision

Note: Since publication in October 2013, figures have been updated to include age-standardised rates for comparative purposes, as of June 2018.