1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Health risks associated with smoking include cancers, respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema, and circulatory diseases including thrombosis and heart disease.

The 2001 National Health Survey showed that, of Tasmanians aged 18 years and over:

  • 24.3% were smokers
  • 26.5% were ex-smokers
  • 49.1% had never smoked
  • a higher proportion of males were smokers (25.0%), than females (23.7%)
  • a higher proportion of males were ex-smokers (30.8%) than females (22.5%).

SMOKING STATUS, by sex, Tasmania - 2001

Males
Females
Persons

Status
%
%
%

Smoker
25.0
23.7
24.3
Ex-smoker
30.8
22.5
26.5
Never smoked
44.2
53.8
49.1
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0

Source: ABS Data available on request, 2001 National Health Survey.


SMOKER STATUS BY AGE

The smoking rate was highest among those Tasmanians aged 18-34 years (34.6%) and lowest among those Tasmanians 65 years and over (9.8%).

Interestingly among those Tasmanians aged 65 years and over, 51.4% had never smoked, whereas just 41.0% of Tasmanians aged 55-64 had never smoked.


SMOKER STATUS, by age, Tasmania - 2001

Age Group (years)

18-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65 and over

Status
%
%
%
%
%

Smoker
34.6
27.8
23.1
12.7
9.8
Ex-smoker
14.0
23.5
27.3
46.3
38.8
Never smoked
51.4
48.7
49.7
41.0
51.4
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

Source: ABS data available on request, 2001 National Health Survey.



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