How quickly are Australians quitting smoking?

Peter Terlato 29 September 2016

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Significant improvements across all population groups.

Australian smoking habits have been progressively improving, with less adults and secondary school students taking up smoking and a greater proportion of "ever-smokers" quitting.

The findings were revealed in a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) entitled Tobacco Indicators: measuring mid-point progress: National Tobacco Strategy 2012–2018.

The report considers exposure to tobacco smoke, initial uptake of smoking, established patterns and quitting figures, compared against the baseline report, released in 2015.

Although tobacco smoking continues to be a major cause of significant health problems in Australia, improvements have been made across all population groups.

Fewer Aussie adults and secondary school students are trying cigarettes and those that do, are starting at older ages than in the past. Additionally, the number of regular smokers within these two groups has declined by almost a quarter since 2015.

There's also been a substantial drop in the number of children and non-smokers exposed to tobacco smoke in the home.

While Indigenous Australians and people living in remote and very remote areas are reducing their habits, they're not improving at the same rate as non-Indigenous Aussies and those living in big cities.

Those living in the highest socioeconomic areas have been curtailing daily smoking rates more comprehensively than those in the lowest and second-lowest socioeconomic areas.

Adults who've smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime are referred to as ever-smokers. The proportion of ever-smokers who've quit (no cigs for 12 months) rose from 47% in 2010 to 52% in 2013.

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