Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia.
Between 2003 and 2007, an average of 471 Tasmanians died each year due to tobacco use.
Tasmania has traditionally had a higher rate of tobacco smoking than most of the other jurisdictions, and Australia as a whole, with the exception of the Northern Territory.
The Australian Health Survey 2011-12 reported statistically significant lower daily adult smoking rates for all jurisdictions except for Tasmania and the Northern Territory. In Tasmania, 23.2 per cent of adults (18+) were estimated to be either daily or occasional smokers, compared to 16.3 per cent nationally.
Smoking prevalence is especially high among young Tasmanians, with 30.6 per cent of young Tasmanians aged 20-24 being current smokers, compared to 19.5 per cent nationally.
Traditionally, more males than females smoke and the Australian Health Survey results for 2011-12 indicate this to be the case in Tasmania with 28 per cent of males (aged 18+) estimated to be current smokers compared to 18.6 per cent of Tasmanian females. This differential was particularly pronounced in the 25-34 and 35-44 age groups with over 40 per cent of Tasmanian males in each of these groups estimated to be current smokers compared to less than 24 per cent females. The gender discrepancy was also apparent at the national level, but not to the same extent with around 25 per cent of males estimated to be current smokers compared to 22 per cent of females in these age groups.
New smoke-free areas apply in Tasmania from 1 March 2012 to further protect Tasmanians from harmful second-hand tobacco smoke.
Download smoke-free area resources and signage
Tasmania has strict controls on the sale of tobacco. From 1 March 2012, there will be new provisions covering:
- display of tobacco products by specialist tobacconists
- the use of vending machines
For more information on changes to how tobacco is sold in Tasmania, dowload the Tobacco Retailers Guide (March 2012)
We are committed to reducing the harm caused by tobacco, and aim to lower the prevalence of smoking among Tasmanians to 10 per cent by 2020.
Read more about how we are working to reduce tobacco-related harm.
Want more information?
Call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
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Want to Quit?
If you want information or support to quit smoking:
- go to Quit Tasmania, or call the 24-hour Quitline on 13 78 48
- view a list of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs community services.