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HealthStats NSW
HealthStats NSW

Smoking status categories

Smoke daily, 2016-2017
9.4Smoke daily, 2015-2016
9.5Smoke daily, 2014-2015
9.2Smoke daily, 2013-2014
10.4Smoke daily, 2012-2013
10.5Smoke daily, 2011-2012
10.6Smoke daily, 2010-2011
11.1Smoke daily, 2009-2010
13.8Smoke daily, 2008-2009
14.1Smoke daily, 2007-2008
12.2Smoke daily, 2006-2007
12.2Smoke daily, 2005-2006
13.6Smoke daily, 2004-2005
17Smoke daily, 2003-2004
16.4Smoke daily, 2002-2003
15.7Smoke occasionally, 2016-2017
4.8Smoke occasionally, 2015-2016
4.5Smoke occasionally, 2014-2015
5Smoke occasionally, 2013-2014
5Smoke occasionally, 2012-2013
3.9Smoke occasionally, 2011-2012
3.9Smoke occasionally, 2010-2011
4.7Smoke occasionally, 2009-2010
5.1Smoke occasionally, 2008-2009
5.4Smoke occasionally, 2007-2008
7Smoke occasionally, 2006-2007
7.1Smoke occasionally, 2005-2006
5.7Smoke occasionally, 2004-2005
6.1Smoke occasionally, 2003-2004
6.5Smoke occasionally, 2002-2003
7.5Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2016-2017
20.4Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2015-2016
20.4Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2014-2015
20.6Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2013-2014
22.5Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2012-2013
22.8Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2011-2012
22.8Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2010-2011
25Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2009-2010
23.4Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2008-2009
21.6Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2007-2008
20.5Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2006-2007
21.7Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2005-2006
21.9Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2004-2005
20.8Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2003-2004
23.3Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2002-2003
23.8Tried but never smoked regularly, 2016-2017
13.3Tried but never smoked regularly, 2015-2016
11.7Tried but never smoked regularly, 2014-2015
11.4Tried but never smoked regularly, 2013-2014
10.7Tried but never smoked regularly, 2012-2013
9.9Tried but never smoked regularly, 2011-2012
10.9Tried but never smoked regularly, 2010-2011
11Tried but never smoked regularly, 2009-2010
11.7Tried but never smoked regularly, 2008-2009
10.3Tried but never smoked regularly, 2007-2008
9.4Tried but never smoked regularly, 2006-2007
11.3Tried but never smoked regularly, 2005-2006
10.6Tried but never smoked regularly, 2004-2005
12Tried but never smoked regularly, 2003-2004
12.7Tried but never smoked regularly, 2002-2003
10.8Never smoked, 2016-2017
52.2Never smoked, 2015-2016
54Never smoked, 2014-2015
53.8Never smoked, 2013-2014
51.4Never smoked, 2012-2013
52.9Never smoked, 2011-2012
51.9Never smoked, 2010-2011
48.2Never smoked, 2009-2010
45.9Never smoked, 2008-2009
48.6Never smoked, 2007-2008
50.8Never smoked, 2006-2007
47.7Never smoked, 2005-2006
48.1Never smoked, 2004-2005
44.1Never smoked, 2003-2004
41Never smoked, 2002-2003
42.2
  • + Source

    NSW Population Health Survey (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.

  • + Notes

    The indicator shows self-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates were weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and were benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics mid-year population estimates. Adults are defined as persons aged 16 years and over in the NSW Population Health Survey.

    In order to address diminishing coverage of the population by landline telephone numbers (<85% since 2010), a mobile phone number sampling frame was introduced into the 2012 survey. LL/UL 95%CI = lower and upper limits of the 95% confidence interval for the point estimate.

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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 .

      References

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. National Drug Strategy Household Survey report. Available at: http://www.aihw.gov.au/alcohol-and-other-drugs/data-sources/ndshs-2013/

      Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey. Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/australianhealthsurvey

    • 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.

      Interventions 

      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: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco.

      Useful websites:

      Cancer Institute at: https://www.cancerinstitute.org.au/

      I Can Quit at http://www.icanquit.com.au

      Quitline at http://www.quit.org.au/preparing-to-quit/choosing-best-way-to-quit/quitline

    • Interventions in NSW: Smoking

      Information on NSW Health programs and policies is available at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco.

    • For more information: Smoking

      Useful websites include:

      Australian Bureau of Statistics at http://www.abs.gov.au

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare at http://www.aihw.gov.au

      I Can Quit at http://www.icanquit.com.au

      Quitline at http://www.quit.org.au/preparing-to-quit/choosing-best-way-to-quit/quitline

Last Updated At: Wednesday, 29 May 2019