In 2017, 15% of NSW adults were current smokers. While there has been a long term reduction in smoking, since 2015, current smoking rates have remained relatively stable. Tobacco smoking is a leading cause of disease and premature death in NSW. It contributes to 36% of respiratory diseases, 22% of cancers, 12% of cardiovascular diseases and 3.5% of endocrine disorders.
The impact of others’ smoking includes harmful effects to unborn babies and from exposure to second hand smoke.
See the Tobacco Snapshot under Reports and Strategies below for more information.