the latest NSW Population Health Survey 15.2 per cent of adults smoked in NSW
in 2017, down from 22.5 per cent in 2002, and more than half of NSW adults have
never taken up smoking.
Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said NSW Health’s NSW Tobacco Strategy was
working to help people quit smoking for good.
to see significant progress in tobacco control in NSW but we need to be
vigilant to ensure that smoking rates continue to decrease, as there has been a
stabilisation of rates in recent years,” Dr Chant said.
pleasing that the declines in smoking have been seen across population groups,
including young people and Aboriginal people. We also know from the School
Health Behaviour Survey that smoking among secondary students is at an all-time
low of 6.7%.”
Government invested more than $14 million on tobacco control in 2017-18. This
includes public awareness and education campaigns for smoking cessation, quit
smoking support, compliance and enforcement of smoke free laws, and targeted
programs for particularly vulnerable groups.
proportion of people who have never taken up smoking has grown from 41.6 per
cent in 2002 to 50.7 per cent in 2017 and people who report smoking daily has declined
from 17.1 per cent in 2002 to 10.9 per cent in 2017.
of smoking during pregnancy in NSW also continues to decline annually from 16.3
per cent in 2002 to 8.3 per cent in 2016, but there are still some women
smoking during pregnancy and putting themselves and their unborn baby at risk,”
Dr Chant said.
the rate of smoking during pregnancy is a priority for NSW Health.”
for World No Tobacco Day 2018 is ‘Tobacco and heart disease’, which focuses on
the harmful impact of tobacco on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.
Professor David Currow, CEO and Chief Cancer Officer at the
NSW Cancer Institute, said that tobacco use is the second leading cause of
cardiovascular diseases, after high blood pressure.
increases the risk of many health conditions, including cardiovascular disease
and cancer,” Professor Currow said.
diseases kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide.”
To help reduce these risks, the Quit Stalling Campaign
is targeting young male smokers as their smoking rates are higher than the
general population. The campaign can be
viewed on www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qbbOUDZXfk
“Quitting isn’t easy but there is help available. Smokers
can call the Quitline Service on 131 848 or go to iCanQuit website to receive the latest information on quitting and ongoing
support” said Professor Currow.
For the latest smoking data, go to: www.healthstats.nsw.gov.au.