HealthStats NSW
HealthStats NSW
HealthStats NSW

Smoking attributable deaths

Sydney, 2017
59.2Sydney, 2016
55.8Sydney, 2015
62.8Sydney, 2014
62.9Sydney, 2013
65.4Sydney, 2012
69.8Sydney, 2011
70.4Sydney, 2010
69.2Sydney, 2009
67.4Sydney, 2008
71.7Sydney, 2007
79.9Sydney, 2006
84.1Sydney, 2005
84.9Sydney, 2004
94.4Sydney, 2003
93.1Sydney, 2002
94.3Sydney, 2001
91.3South Western Sydney, 2017
70.7South Western Sydney, 2016
72.1South Western Sydney, 2015
74.5South Western Sydney, 2014
72.6South Western Sydney, 2013
77.8South Western Sydney, 2012
76.3South Western Sydney, 2011
78.8South Western Sydney, 2010
80.2South Western Sydney, 2009
77South Western Sydney, 2008
80.3South Western Sydney, 2007
84.4South Western Sydney, 2006
88South Western Sydney, 2005
87.6South Western Sydney, 2004
93.1South Western Sydney, 2003
88.2South Western Sydney, 2002
98.3South Western Sydney, 2001
99.8South Eastern Sydney, 2017
56.6South Eastern Sydney, 2016
53.7South Eastern Sydney, 2015
55.1South Eastern Sydney, 2014
57.2South Eastern Sydney, 2013
61.4South Eastern Sydney, 2012
60.1South Eastern Sydney, 2011
59.7South Eastern Sydney, 2010
64.1South Eastern Sydney, 2009
61.3South Eastern Sydney, 2008
65.6South Eastern Sydney, 2007
71.6South Eastern Sydney, 2006
67South Eastern Sydney, 2005
69.7South Eastern Sydney, 2004
72.6South Eastern Sydney, 2003
75South Eastern Sydney, 2002
77.6South Eastern Sydney, 2001
79.1Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2017
80.4Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2016
76.1Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2015
75.8Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2014
82.4Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2013
78.3Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2012
83.9Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2011
81.3Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2010
84.3Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2009
81.6Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2008
86.2Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2007
86.8Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2006
85.5Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2005
93.1Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2004
94.5Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2003
96Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2002
100.8Illawarra Shoalhaven, 2001
99.9Western Sydney, 2017
63.3Western Sydney, 2016
65Western Sydney, 2015
69.8Western Sydney, 2014
65.2Western Sydney, 2013
69.2Western Sydney, 2012
67Western Sydney, 2011
76.4Western Sydney, 2010
72.1Western Sydney, 2009
73.5Western Sydney, 2008
78Western Sydney, 2007
83Western Sydney, 2006
79.6Western Sydney, 2005
86.5Western Sydney, 2004
97.9Western Sydney, 2003
90.4Western Sydney, 2002
101.6Western Sydney, 2001
99.9Nepean Blue Mountains, 2017
75.3Nepean Blue Mountains, 2016
75.1Nepean Blue Mountains, 2015
79.2Nepean Blue Mountains, 2014
75.7Nepean Blue Mountains, 2013
78.5Nepean Blue Mountains, 2012
81Nepean Blue Mountains, 2011
77.7Nepean Blue Mountains, 2010
77.1Nepean Blue Mountains, 2009
83.8Nepean Blue Mountains, 2008
83.6Nepean Blue Mountains, 2007
84.4Nepean Blue Mountains, 2006
85.7Nepean Blue Mountains, 2005
91.8Nepean Blue Mountains, 2004
96.1Nepean Blue Mountains, 2003
97.4Nepean Blue Mountains, 2002
93.6Nepean Blue Mountains, 2001
98.9Northern Sydney, 2017
43Northern Sydney, 2016
45.9Northern Sydney, 2015
45.6Northern Sydney, 2014
46.6Northern Sydney, 2013
51.8Northern Sydney, 2012
51.8Northern Sydney, 2011
53.8Northern Sydney, 2010
50.9Northern Sydney, 2009
51.7Northern Sydney, 2008
56.9Northern Sydney, 2007
61.5Northern Sydney, 2006
59.3Northern Sydney, 2005
59.1Northern Sydney, 2004
69.4Northern Sydney, 2003
68.3Northern Sydney, 2002
71.1Northern Sydney, 2001
72.2Central Coast, 2017
82Central Coast, 2016
81.6Central Coast, 2015
79.1Central Coast, 2014
83.8Central Coast, 2013
82Central Coast, 2012
89.7Central Coast, 2011
84.8Central Coast, 2010
83.9Central Coast, 2009
83.2Central Coast, 2008
92.3Central Coast, 2007
98.5Central Coast, 2006
91.5Central Coast, 2005
94Central Coast, 2004
102.3Central Coast, 2003
104.2Central Coast, 2002
113.7Central Coast, 2001
108.9Hunter New England, 2017
78.6Hunter New England, 2016
79.7Hunter New England, 2015
78.6Hunter New England, 2014
76.3Hunter New England, 2013
80.6Hunter New England, 2012
84.7Hunter New England, 2011
80.9Hunter New England, 2010
82.2Hunter New England, 2009
81Hunter New England, 2008
84.7Hunter New England, 2007
89.5Hunter New England, 2006
87.9Hunter New England, 2005
89.2Hunter New England, 2004
95.5Hunter New England, 2003
94.7Hunter New England, 2002
100Hunter New England, 2001
104.2Northern NSW, 2017
72.7Northern NSW, 2016
80.6Northern NSW, 2015
78.7Northern NSW, 2014
73.5Northern NSW, 2013
73.7Northern NSW, 2012
76Northern NSW, 2011
80.3Northern NSW, 2010
69.6Northern NSW, 2009
79.8Northern NSW, 2008
77.8Northern NSW, 2007
85.2Northern NSW, 2006
88.5Northern NSW, 2005
88.9Northern NSW, 2004
88.5Northern NSW, 2003
93.5Northern NSW, 2002
93.2Northern NSW, 2001
95.8Mid North Coast, 2017
72.2Mid North Coast, 2016
80.1Mid North Coast, 2015
79.2Mid North Coast, 2014
83.8Mid North Coast, 2013
78.7Mid North Coast, 2012
90.2Mid North Coast, 2011
86.5Mid North Coast, 2010
89.7Mid North Coast, 2009
88.8Mid North Coast, 2008
76.6Mid North Coast, 2007
97.1Mid North Coast, 2006
91.6Mid North Coast, 2005
101.9Mid North Coast, 2004
90.6Mid North Coast, 2003
108Mid North Coast, 2002
90.9Mid North Coast, 2001
116.2Southern NSW, 2017
75.9Southern NSW, 2016
73.7Southern NSW, 2015
82.1Southern NSW, 2014
76.7Southern NSW, 2013
79.7Southern NSW, 2012
85.4Southern NSW, 2011
82.9Southern NSW, 2010
75.6Southern NSW, 2009
81.2Southern NSW, 2008
87Southern NSW, 2007
93.8Southern NSW, 2006
84.9Southern NSW, 2005
86.3Southern NSW, 2004
92.9Southern NSW, 2003
95.3Southern NSW, 2002
106.5Southern NSW, 2001
102.4Murrumbidgee, 2017
73.3Murrumbidgee, 2016
84.3Murrumbidgee, 2015
84.8Murrumbidgee, 2014
78.7Murrumbidgee, 2013
87.3Murrumbidgee, 2012
78.5Murrumbidgee, 2011
87.3Murrumbidgee, 2010
84.1Murrumbidgee, 2009
82.6Murrumbidgee, 2008
84.1Murrumbidgee, 2007
99.9Murrumbidgee, 2006
83.9Murrumbidgee, 2005
105.7Murrumbidgee, 2004
104.8Murrumbidgee, 2003
99.7Murrumbidgee, 2002
111.1Murrumbidgee, 2001
94.8Western NSW, 2017
91.1Western NSW, 2016
97.2Western NSW, 2015
84.5Western NSW, 2014
87.1Western NSW, 2013
85Western NSW, 2012
93.3Western NSW, 2011
95Western NSW, 2010
94.4Western NSW, 2009
90.1Western NSW, 2008
91.8Western NSW, 2007
94.3Western NSW, 2006
89.1Western NSW, 2005
95.8Western NSW, 2004
98.6Western NSW, 2003
103.2Western NSW, 2002
106.7Western NSW, 2001
109.9Far West, 2017
95.6Far West, 2016
91.2Far West, 2015
120.7Far West, 2014
90.1Far West, 2013
110.2Far West, 2012
100.8Far West, 2011
91.8Far West, 2010
97.5Far West, 2009
98.5Far West, 2008
85.7Far West, 2007
116Far West, 2006
111.7Far West, 2005
116.3Far West, 2004
129.2Far West, 2003
130.4Far West, 2002
116.2Far West, 2001
117.3All LHDs, 2017
68.4All LHDs, 2016
69.2All LHDs, 2015
70.2All LHDs, 2014
69.7All LHDs, 2013
72.5All LHDs, 2012
74.5All LHDs, 2011
75.1All LHDs, 2010
74.7All LHDs, 2009
74.2All LHDs, 2008
77.4All LHDs, 2007
83.4All LHDs, 2006
81.1All LHDs, 2005
84.7All LHDs, 2004
89.5All LHDs, 2003
90All LHDs, 2002
94.5All LHDs, 2001
  • + Source

    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)  Unpublished tables from Australian Burden of Disease Study, 2015. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

  • + Notes

    Calculated using age and sex-specific aetiological fractions from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2015: 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 year of data include an estimate of the number of deaths occurring in that year but registered in the next year.

    LL/UL 95%CI = lower and upper limits of the 95% confidence interval for the point estimate.

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  • + Methods
  • + Codes
    • Codes for Population Attributable Conditions: Tobacco smoking

      Mortality: Tobacco smoking attributable conditions

      Condition ICD10 codes
      Malignant Neoplasms
      Lip and oral cavity cancer C00-C08
      Nasopharyngeal cancer C11
      Oesophageal cancer C15
      Stomach cancer C16
      Bowel cancer C18-C20
      Liver cancer C22
      Pancreatic cancer C25
      Laryngeal cancer C32
      Lung cancer C33-C34
      Breast Cancer C50
      Cervical cancer C53
      Prostate cancer C61
      Bladder cancer C67
      Kidney cancer C64
      Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia C91.0
      Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia C91.1
      Chronic myeloid leukaemia C92.1
      Acute myeloid leukaemia C92.0 C92.3-C92.8 C93.0 C94.0 C94.2-C94.5
      Other leukaemias C91.2-C91.9 C92.2 C92.7 C92.9 C93.1-C93.3 C93.7 C93.9 C94.1 C94.3 C94.6-C94.7 C95
      Endocrine diseases
      Type 2 diabetes E11 O24.1
      Neurological disorders
      Dementia  F00-F03 G30-G31
      Multiple sclerosis G35
      Eye and ear diseases
      Cataract  H25-H26
      Age-related macular degeneration H35.3
      Otitis media H65-H66 H68 H70
      Cardiovascular disease
      Hypertensive heart disease I11
      Coronary heart disease I20-I25
      Atrial fibrillation and flutter I48
      Stroke I60-I69
      Peripheral vascular disease I70 I72-I74
      Aortic aneurysm I71
      Other cardiovascular diseases G45 I26-I28 I44-I45 I47 I49 I51-I52 I77-I84 I86-I89 I95 I97-I99
      Respiratory diseases
      Influenza J09-J11
      Lower Respiratory Infections J12 J14-J18 J20-J22 J85-J86
      COPD J40-J44
      Asthma J45-J46
      Other respiratory disease
      J47 J66-J68 J70 J80-J82 J90-J95 J98-J99
      Digestive system diseases
      Gastroduodenal disorders K22.1 K25-K27 K29
      Gallbladder and bile duct disease K80-K83
      Muscle and connective tissue diseases
      Rheumatoid arthritis M05-M06 M08
      Back pain and problems M40-M41 M45-M51 M53-M54 M99

      Note: ICD codes have been summarised. Numbers are calculated using age and sex-specific population attributable fractions from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2015. For information on how these were applied in HealthStats NSW please see the Methods paper on Population Attributable Fractions.

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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.

      • 11.2% of adults aged 16 years and over (12.1% of men and 10.2% of women) smoked daily in NSW in 2019 and 15.5% (18.0% of men and 13.1% 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).

      • 13.9% of NSW adults aged 18 years and over (17.0% of males and 10.9% of females) were daily smokers, as estimated from the 2017-18 National Health Survey (interviewer-administered questionnaire).

      • 8.8% of mothers smoked during pregnancy in 2019, 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

      • 26.4% of Aboriginal adults aged 16 years and over smoked daily in NSW in 2018-2019 and 31.5% were current (daily or occasional) smokers. Estimates were produced from the NSW Adult Population Health Survey (self-reported using CATI).

      • 43.2% of Aboriginal mothers smoked during pregnancy in 2019, 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 62,930 hospitalisations were attributed to smoking in NSW in 2018-19, which was approximately 2.0% of all hospitalisations.

      The rate of hospitalisations attributable to smoking decreased in males by nearly 36%, compared to a 15% decrease among females in NSW between 2001-02 and 2018-19. Rates have stabilised in recent years.

      The rate of hospitalisations attributable to smoking increased in both Aboriginal males and Aboriginal females by 32% aand 24% respectively in the period between 2009-10 and 2018-19. 

      Deaths attributable to smoking

      A total of 6,702 deaths were attributed to smoking in NSW in 2018, which was 12.5% of all deaths in 2018. In 2018, the rate of deaths attributable to smoking in males and females was 84.2 and 50.3 deaths per 100,000 population, respectively.


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

      Australian Bureau of Statistics. National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18. 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 August 2020