In 2019, 11.2% 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 15.5% of adults reporting either daily or occasional smoking in 2019.
Tobacco smoking is a leading cause of disease and premature death in NSW. In Australia, tobacco use contributed to 41% of respiratory diseases, 22% of cancers, 12% of cardiovascular diseases, and 3.7% of endocrine disorders.
The impact of others’ smoking includes harmful effects to unborn babies and from exposure to second hand smoke.
See Tobacco and smoking control in NSW for more information.