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HealthStats NSW
HealthStats NSW

Smoking status categories

Smoke daily, 2016-2017
14.7Smoke daily, 2015-2016
13.1Smoke daily, 2014-2015
15.3Smoke daily, 2013-2014
17.2Smoke daily, 2012-2013
16.3Smoke daily, 2011-2012
15.3Smoke daily, 2010-2011
16.8Smoke daily, 2009-2010
18.7Smoke daily, 2008-2009
19Smoke daily, 2007-2008
20.4Smoke daily, 2006-2007
19.3Smoke daily, 2005-2006
20.1Smoke daily, 2004-2005
21.6Smoke daily, 2003-2004
22.1Smoke daily, 2002-2003
21.8Smoke occasionally, 2016-2017
4Smoke occasionally, 2015-2016
3.6Smoke occasionally, 2014-2015
3.7Smoke occasionally, 2013-2014
4.3Smoke occasionally, 2012-2013
3.9Smoke occasionally, 2011-2012
4.3Smoke occasionally, 2010-2011
4.5Smoke occasionally, 2009-2010
4.1Smoke occasionally, 2008-2009
4.3Smoke occasionally, 2007-2008
4.5Smoke occasionally, 2006-2007
5.2Smoke occasionally, 2005-2006
5.8Smoke occasionally, 2004-2005
5.2Smoke occasionally, 2003-2004
5Smoke occasionally, 2002-2003
5.1Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2016-2017
21.8Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2015-2016
21.2Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2014-2015
20.5Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2013-2014
22.6Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2012-2013
23.8Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2011-2012
23.2Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2010-2011
24.1Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2009-2010
24Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2008-2009
23.8Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2007-2008
23.6Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2006-2007
22.9Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2005-2006
22.2Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2004-2005
23Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2003-2004
24Doesn't smoke now but used to, 2002-2003
23.5Tried but never smoked regularly, 2016-2017
8.4Tried but never smoked regularly, 2015-2016
7Tried but never smoked regularly, 2014-2015
7.3Tried but never smoked regularly, 2013-2014
6.4Tried but never smoked regularly, 2012-2013
7.7Tried but never smoked regularly, 2011-2012
9.3Tried but never smoked regularly, 2010-2011
8.7Tried but never smoked regularly, 2009-2010
9.3Tried but never smoked regularly, 2008-2009
9.1Tried but never smoked regularly, 2007-2008
8Tried but never smoked regularly, 2006-2007
8.2Tried but never smoked regularly, 2005-2006
8.6Tried but never smoked regularly, 2004-2005
8.9Tried but never smoked regularly, 2003-2004
8.8Tried but never smoked regularly, 2002-2003
8.8Never smoked, 2016-2017
51.1Never smoked, 2015-2016
55.1Never smoked, 2014-2015
53.2Never smoked, 2013-2014
49.5Never smoked, 2012-2013
48.2Never smoked, 2011-2012
47.9Never smoked, 2010-2011
46Never smoked, 2009-2010
43.9Never smoked, 2008-2009
43.8Never smoked, 2007-2008
43.5Never smoked, 2006-2007
44.3Never smoked, 2005-2006
43.4Never smoked, 2004-2005
41.3Never smoked, 2003-2004
40.1Never smoked, 2002-2003
40.8
  • + 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