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HealthStats NSW
HealthStats NSW

Smoking attributable deaths

Sydney, 2015
64.3Sydney, 2014
64.8Sydney, 2013
65.7Sydney, 2012
70.1Sydney, 2011
71.2Sydney, 2010
69.5Sydney, 2009
67.2Sydney, 2008
71.5Sydney, 2007
74.9Sydney, 2006
77.8Sydney, 2005
80.4Sydney, 2004
87.3Sydney, 2003
87Sydney, 2002
87.8Sydney, 2001
86.2South Western Sydney, 2015
76.9South Western Sydney, 2014
75.5South Western Sydney, 2013
77.5South Western Sydney, 2012
76.7South Western Sydney, 2011
79.2South Western Sydney, 2010
80.5South Western Sydney, 2009
76.9South Western Sydney, 2008
81.3South Western Sydney, 2007
80.8South Western Sydney, 2006
84.2South Western Sydney, 2005
82.3South Western Sydney, 2004
88.7South Western Sydney, 2003
82.4South Western Sydney, 2002
93South Western Sydney, 2001
94.9South Eastern Sydney, 2015
56.7South Eastern Sydney, 2014
58.6South Eastern Sydney, 2013
61South Eastern Sydney, 2012
60.7South Eastern Sydney, 2011
59.2South Eastern Sydney, 2010
63.6South Eastern Sydney, 2009
61.6South Eastern Sydney, 2008
65.8South Eastern Sydney, 2007
67.7South Eastern Sydney, 2006
63.4South Eastern Sydney, 2005
65.5South Eastern Sydney, 2004
67.7South Eastern Sydney, 2003
70.6South Eastern Sydney, 2002
72.6South Eastern Sydney, 2001
74.2Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2015
78.9Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2014
85.5Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2013
77.6Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2012
84.9Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2011
81.7Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2010
84.3Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2009
83.1Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2008
86.9Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2007
83Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2006
81.1Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2005
86.8Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2004
88.1Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2003
89.3Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2002
95.1Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2001
94Western Sydney, 2015
71.2Western Sydney, 2014
66.6Western Sydney, 2013
68.9Western Sydney, 2012
66.1Western Sydney, 2011
75.9Western Sydney, 2010
72.2Western Sydney, 2009
74.1Western Sydney, 2008
78.2Western Sydney, 2007
78.8Western Sydney, 2006
74.8Western Sydney, 2005
82Western Sydney, 2004
92.4Western Sydney, 2003
84.4Western Sydney, 2002
93.9Western Sydney, 2001
94.4Nepean Blue Mountains, 2015
80.6Nepean Blue Mountains, 2014
77.3Nepean Blue Mountains, 2013
76.8Nepean Blue Mountains, 2012
81.4Nepean Blue Mountains, 2011
76.4Nepean Blue Mountains, 2010
77Nepean Blue Mountains, 2009
84.1Nepean Blue Mountains, 2008
83.6Nepean Blue Mountains, 2007
79.8Nepean Blue Mountains, 2006
79.5Nepean Blue Mountains, 2005
86.1Nepean Blue Mountains, 2004
90Nepean Blue Mountains, 2003
91.1Nepean Blue Mountains, 2002
86.3Nepean Blue Mountains, 2001
93Northern Sydney, 2015
46.3Northern Sydney, 2014
47Northern Sydney, 2013
51.2Northern Sydney, 2012
51.3Northern Sydney, 2011
53Northern Sydney, 2010
50.6Northern Sydney, 2009
51.4Northern Sydney, 2008
56Northern Sydney, 2007
58.3Northern Sydney, 2006
55.4Northern Sydney, 2005
54.6Northern Sydney, 2004
64.2Northern Sydney, 2003
62.4Northern Sydney, 2002
66.3Northern Sydney, 2001
67.8Central Coast, 2015
81.2Central Coast, 2014
85.6Central Coast, 2013
81.7Central Coast, 2012
89.7Central Coast, 2011
84.2Central Coast, 2010
83.4Central Coast, 2009
84.7Central Coast, 2008
91.6Central Coast, 2007
95.3Central Coast, 2006
86.5Central Coast, 2005
87.7Central Coast, 2004
96.5Central Coast, 2003
98Central Coast, 2002
107.8Central Coast, 2001
102.2Hunter New England, 2015
80.8Hunter New England, 2014
78.5Hunter New England, 2013
79.9Hunter New England, 2012
83.8Hunter New England, 2011
80.8Hunter New England, 2010
82.3Hunter New England, 2009
80.8Hunter New England, 2008
84.5Hunter New England, 2007
84.2Hunter New England, 2006
82Hunter New England, 2005
83.2Hunter New England, 2004
88.2Hunter New England, 2003
87.8Hunter New England, 2002
92.8Hunter New England, 2001
97.5Northern NSW, 2015
80.8Northern NSW, 2014
76.2Northern NSW, 2013
74.2Northern NSW, 2012
76.5Northern NSW, 2011
80.3Northern NSW, 2010
68.9Northern NSW, 2009
80.3Northern NSW, 2008
77.4Northern NSW, 2007
74.5Northern NSW, 2006
84.2Northern NSW, 2005
84.5Northern NSW, 2004
82.1Northern NSW, 2003
88.5Northern NSW, 2002
87.4Northern NSW, 2001
90.6Mid North Coast, 2015
79.5Mid North Coast, 2014
85.5Mid North Coast, 2013
76.9Mid North Coast, 2012
89.1Mid North Coast, 2011
86.3Mid North Coast, 2010
88.5Mid North Coast, 2009
87.7Mid North Coast, 2008
75.8Mid North Coast, 2007
92.9Mid North Coast, 2006
86.3Mid North Coast, 2005
95Mid North Coast, 2004
84.8Mid North Coast, 2003
103.3Mid North Coast, 2002
87.1Mid North Coast, 2001
109.5Southern NSW, 2015
84.3Southern NSW, 2014
76.7Southern NSW, 2013
78.1Southern NSW, 2012
84.1Southern NSW, 2011
80.1Southern NSW, 2010
74.1Southern NSW, 2009
79.5Southern NSW, 2008
86.1Southern NSW, 2007
87.2Southern NSW, 2006
79.5Southern NSW, 2005
81Southern NSW, 2004
83.3Southern NSW, 2003
86.9Southern NSW, 2002
97.8Southern NSW, 2001
94.5Murrumbidgee, 2015
87.4Murrumbidgee, 2014
82.5Murrumbidgee, 2013
90Murrumbidgee, 2012
80.1Murrumbidgee, 2011
89.9Murrumbidgee, 2010
85.2Murrumbidgee, 2009
83.6Murrumbidgee, 2008
82.9Murrumbidgee, 2007
93.1Murrumbidgee, 2006
80.4Murrumbidgee, 2005
97.7Murrumbidgee, 2004
100.6Murrumbidgee, 2003
92.6Murrumbidgee, 2002
103.9Murrumbidgee, 2001
88.3Western NSW, 2015
87.9Western NSW, 2014
90.4Western NSW, 2013
84.8Western NSW, 2012
94.9Western NSW, 2011
96.8Western NSW, 2010
95.1Western NSW, 2009
90.3Western NSW, 2008
92Western NSW, 2007
91.8Western NSW, 2006
82.3Western NSW, 2005
90.3Western NSW, 2004
92Western NSW, 2003
97.7Western NSW, 2002
101.7Western NSW, 2001
101.3Far West, 2015
115.5Far West, 2014
86.8Far West, 2013
106.2Far West, 2012
93.4Far West, 2011
86Far West, 2010
97.9Far West, 2009
101.6Far West, 2008
83.2Far West, 2007
115.3Far West, 2006
104.1Far West, 2005
104.7Far West, 2004
117.2Far West, 2003
123.6Far West, 2002
105.2Far West, 2001
110.7All LHDs, 2015
72All LHDs, 2014
71.5All LHDs, 2013
72.1All LHDs, 2012
74.5All LHDs, 2011
75All LHDs, 2010
74.5All LHDs, 2009
74.3All LHDs, 2008
77.2All LHDs, 2007
79.1All LHDs, 2006
76.3All LHDs, 2005
79.2All LHDs, 2004
83.5All LHDs, 2003
83.9All LHDs, 2002
88.4All LHDs, 2001
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    Mortality estimates for years up to 2005 are based on Australian Bureau of Statistics death registration data. Data from 2006 onwards were provided by the Australian Coordinating Registry, Cause of Death Unit Record File; the data for the most 2 recent years are preliminary (SAPHaRI, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health)

  • + Notes

    Calculated using age and sex-specific aetiological fractions from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011: methods and supplementary information.

    Only NSW residents are included. Deaths were classified using ICD-10. Rates were age-adjusted using the Australian population as at 30 June 2001.

    Counts of deaths for the latest years of data include an estimate of the number of deaths occurring in that year but registered in the next year. Data on late registrations were unavailable at the time of production.

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    • Codes: Aetiologic fractions

      Calculated using age and sex-specific aetiological fractions from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011: methods and supplementary information.

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    • Key points: Smoking

      Latest available information

      Data from the NSW Population Health Survey is used to measure the NSW State Government targets on reducing smoking in the population and is comparable with other sources of information on smoking in NSW.

      • 10.3% of adults aged 16 years and over (12.7% of men and 8.0% of women) smoked daily in NSW in 2018 and 14.8% (18.2% of men and 11.4% of women) were current (daily or occasional) smokers. Estimates were produced from the NSW Adult Population Health Survey (self-reported using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing or CATI).

      • 14.8% of persons aged 15 years and over (18.3% of males and 11.5% of females) in NSW were current smokers (defined as daily, at least once a week or less than weekly), as estimated from the 2017-18 National Health Survey (interviewer-administered questionnaire).

      • 8.8% of mothers smoked during pregnancy in 2017, as reported to the NSW Perinatal Data Collection.

      Latest available data for secondary school students in NSW

      • 6.4% of students aged 12-17 years (7.0% of boys and 5.7% of girls) were current smokers, as estimated from the 2017 NSW School Students Health Behaviours Survey (self-completed questionnaire).

      Latest available data for adult Aboriginal persons in NSW

      • 22.7% of Aboriginal adults aged 16 years and over smoked daily in NSW in 2017-2018 and 28.2% were current (daily or occasional) smokers. Estimates were produced from the NSW Adult Population Health Survey (self-reported using CATI).

      • 42.4% of Aboriginal mothers smoked during pregnancy in 2017, as reported to the NSW Perinatal Data Collection.

      Overall trends in NSW

      Self-reported data on current smoking have been collected for adults in NSW since 1997 through the NSW Population Health Survey, since 1977-78 through the National Health Survey (from 1995), since 1985 through the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, and since 2011 through the Australian Health Survey.

      Self-reported data on current smoking have been collected for students in NSW since 1984 through the NSW School Students Health Behaviours Survey.

      Prevalence estimates, although differing slightly between surveys because of different sampling frames, participation rates and modes of collection (telephone, self-completed questionnaires, face-to-face personal interview and drop-and-collect) have all been decreasing over time.

      Hospitalisations attributable to smoking

      A total of 60,249 hospitalisations were attributed to smoking in NSW in 2017-18, which was approximately 2.0% of all hospitalisations.

      The rate of hospitalisations attributable to smoking decreased in males by nearly 23%, compared to a 10% decrease among females in NSW between 2001-02 and 2017-18. Rates have stabilised in recent years.

      The rate of hospitalisations attributable to smoking increased in both Aboriginal males and Aboriginal females in the period between 2001-02 and 2011-12. In recent years, the rates have remained stable.

      Deaths attributable to smoking

      A total of 6,850 deaths were attributed to smoking in NSW in 2016, which was approximately 13% of all deaths in 2016.

      The historically declining trend in the rate of deaths attributable to smoking has stabilised in recent years to 2016.  In 2016, the rate of deaths attributable to smoking in males and females was 85.3 and53.8 deaths per 100,000 population, respectively .


      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. National Drug Strategy Household Survey report. Available at:

      Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey. Available at:

    • Introduction: Smoking

      Smoking and health implications

      Tobacco smoking is one of the biggest causes of premature death and is a leading preventable cause of chronic disease in New South Wales. It is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a range of cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease and a variety of other diseases and conditions. Approximately one in five of all cancer deaths are due to tobacco smoking.

      There is a no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. In adults, breathing second-hand smoke can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer and other lung diseases. It can worsen the effects of existing illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis. For children, inhaling second-hand smoke is even more dangerous. Children are more likely to suffer health problems due to second-hand smoke such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.


      Australia has one of the most comprehensive tobacco control policies and programs in the world. The aim of the tobacco control programs in NSW is to contribute to a continuing reduction of smoking prevalence rates in the community.

      Information on NSW Health tobacco and smoking control programs and policies is available at:

      Useful websites:

      Cancer Institute at:

      I Can Quit at

      Quitline at

    • Interventions in NSW: Smoking

      Information on NSW Health programs and policies is available at

    • For more information: Smoking

      Useful websites include:

      Australian Bureau of Statistics at

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare at

      I Can Quit at

      Quitline at

Last Updated At: Tuesday, 11 December 2018