Tobacco Control

Policy and programs to improve the health of all Australians by eliminating or reducing their exposure to tobacco in all its forms.

Page last updated: 18 March 2013

The most recent national figures on tobacco prevalence from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that Australia has one of the lowest smoking rates in the world, with the daily smoking rate among Australians aged 14 years and over at 15.1 per cent in 2010. This rate has been steadily falling from 19.5% in 2001. This reduced rate has contributed to Australia achieving one of the highest average life expectancies of any country.

National Tobacco Strategy - a policy framework to improve health and reduce the social costs caused by tobacco.

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control - a treaty to address the health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption worldwide

Advertising - Australian legislation bans tobacco advertising (with some exceptions)

Health warnings - health warnings are required on tobacco products sold in Australia

Plain packaging of tobacco products


Australian cigarette ingredient disclosure

Australian cigarette emissions data



Reduced-ignition propensity cigarettes

Environmental tobacco smoke

Tobacco product regulation and disclosure

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Page last reviewed: February 2013