In 2018, 10.3% of NSW adults were daily smokers. While there has been a long term reduction in smoking, since 2015, daily smoking rates have remained relatively stable. A similar long-term reduction in current (daily or occasional) smoking has also been observed, with 14.8% of adults reporting either daily or occasional smoking in 2018.
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.