4724.0.55.002 - Tobacco Smoking in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2004-05  
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COMPARING WITH NON-INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

The rate of tobacco smoking in the Indigenous population is about twice the rate in the non-Indigenous population.

In every age group, Indigenous people are about twice as likely as non-Indigenous people to smoke regularly.

The rate of regular tobacco smoking amongst Indigenous females was nearly three times that of non-Indigenous females. Similarly, the smoking rate for Indigenous males was twice that of non-Indigenous males.