Smoking and tobacco
Tobacco is a drug, usually breathed in as smoke from cigarettes. Nicotine, the main chemical in tobacco, is highly addictive. Smoking causes preventable illnesses and death. Find help to quit smoking or support someone close to you.
New National Tobacco Strategy 2022–2030
The National Tobacco Strategy outlines our national policy framework for government and non-government organisations to work together to improve the health of all Australians by reducing smoking rates.
The National Tobacco Strategy 2022–2030 is currently being developed.
Did you know?
13.8% of adults
were daily smokers in 2017–18
10% decrease since 1995
are smoked by daily smokers per day (on average)
75.3% of young people
aged 18 to 24 have never smoked
5.8% increase from 2014–15
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – National Health Survey: First Results, 2017–18
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Contact Quitline for help to quit smoking. You can call the hotline on 13 QUIT (13 7848), to talk to a counsellor or request a callback. The Quitline offers an online chat service and has resources for health professionals. Visit their website for more information.