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.

Learn about smoking and tobacco

Find out about smoking and tobacco – what they are, how they can affect you and how to reduce your risk when smoking.

What are the effects?

Discover how smoking and tobacco can affect your health and the health of those around you. Understand the impact on your finances.

Tobacco control

Learn about the laws that control the sale and advertising of tobacco products. Find out about plain packaging and the health warnings that must be used.

How to quit smoking

Quitting can be tough, but getting the right support will help make quitting easier.

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.

Find out more

Did you know?

13.8% of adults

were daily smokers in 2017–18

12.3 cigarettes

are smoked by daily smokers per day (on average)

75.3% of young people

aged 18 to 24 have never smoked

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – National Health Survey: First Results, 2017–18

Latest news

Latest news

Therapeutic Goods Administration Adj. Professor John Skerritt's interview on ABC Radio Sydney on 15 August 2022

Read the transcript of Therapeutic Goods Administration Adj. Professor John Skerritt's interview on ABC Radio Sydney on 15 August 2022.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly and Professor Anne Kelso's press conference on 23 June 2022

Read the transcript of Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly and Professor Anne Kelso's press conference on 23 June 2022 about e-cigarettes.

Browse smoking and tobacco for

Pregnant women

Not smoking is the safest option when you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

Children

What are the risks of smoking around your children and what you can do as a parent or carer.

Young people

What are the risks to your health and how to say 'no' to smokes. Learn what you can do as a parent or teacher.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Find out what resources are available to reduce smoking in these communities.

Quitline

137 848

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.

Latest resources

Latest resources

Improving communication, coordination and collaboration amongst alcohol and other drug treatment funders

This document looks at the improvements to the National Framework for Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Treatment. It looks at improving processes for communication, coordination, and collaboration (CCC) between and amongst alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment funders.
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The Aboriginal Quitline helped Ted quit

Ted has given up with the help and support of the My QuitBuddy app and talking to Aboriginal counsellors on the Quitline. They help Ted say no when his band mates offer him a cigarette.
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Charles quit after a health scare

Charles smoked two and a half packets of cigarettes every day. A health scare made him give up for good.
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Kirra is very happy she quit

Kirra’s smoking made her asthma worse. She quit smoking so she can be a healthy mum for her kids.