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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/07/2007   
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SMOKING STATUS BY SEX

Health risks associated with smoking include cancers, respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema, and circulatory diseases including thrombosis and heart disease.

The 2004-05 National Health Survey indicated that, of Tasmanians aged 18 years and over:

  • 42.0% of the population have never smoked.
  • a higher proportion of males were daily smokers (26.4%), than females (22.0%).
  • a higher proportion of males were ex-smokers (36.5%) than females (28.4%).
SMOKING STATUS(a), by sex, Tasmania, 2004-05
Males
Females
Persons

Status
%
%
%

Smoker
Daily
26.4
22.0
24.1
Other
*1.1
1.5
1.3
Ex-smoker
36.5
28.4
32.3
Never smoked
36.0
48.1
42.2
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be treated with caution.
(a) Persons aged 18 years and over.
Source: National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables, 2004-05 (Cat. No. 4362.0).


SMOKER STATUS BY AGE

The smoking rate was highest among those Tasmanians in the age groups 18-24 years (32.1% were daily smokers) and 25-44 years (30.8% were daily smokers) and lowest among those Tasmanians aged 65 years and over (8.6% were daily smokers).

SMOKER STATUS, by age, Tasmania, 2004-05
Age Group (years)

18-24
25-44
45-64
65 and over
Status
%
%
%
%

Current Smoker
Daily
32.1
30.8
22.7
8.6
Other
np
*2.6
np
-
Ex-smoker
12.2
26.8
37.0
47.4
Never smoked
54.3
39.7
39.6
43.8
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

- Nil or rounded to zero).
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be treated with caution.
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable.
Source: National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables, 2004-05 (Cat. No. 4362.0).


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