Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia.
Between 2008 and 2012, an average of 502 Tasmanians died each year from 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 21.7 per cent of Tasmanians over 18 years of age were estimated to be either daily or occasional smokers compared to 18 per cent nationally. However, this figure is significantly lower than the previous survey result in 2007-08 of 24.9 per cent.
This suggests smoking prevalence is decreasing but there is still a gap between Tasmania and the rest of Australia.
Want to Quit?
For more information or support to quit smoking visit Quit Tasmania, call the 24-hour Quitline on 13 78 48 or view a list of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs community services.
Tasmania has strict controls on where people can smoke in public areas; this is to protect Tasmanians from harmful second-hand tobacco smoke.
Download smoke-free area resources and signage
Tasmania has strict controls on the sale of tobacco.
For more information on how tobacco is sold in Tasmania dowload the Tobacco Retailers Guide
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 how we are working to reduce tobacco-realated harm
Want more information?
Call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.