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.
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
A new report shows the power of local campaigns in reducing tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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Contact Quitline for help to quit smoking. You can call the hotline on 13 QUIT between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, to talk to a counsellor or request a callback. They also offer an online chat service and have resources for health professionals. Visit their website for more information.