Prevalence

Smoking prevalence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has historically been high due to the lasting effects of colonisation and targeted tobacco industry marketing [42338]. However, initiatives such as the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program are helping to reduce smoking prevalence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Information from recent surveys indicates that:

  • there is a strong downward trend in smoking prevalence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [39231]
  • the proportion of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (18-24 years) who smoke has decreased, which will lead to improved health outcomes over time
  • a similar proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women smoke
  • the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural and remote areas who smoke is higher than for those living in urban areas
  • the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students who smoke has continued to decrease and the proportion of those who have never smoked has increased significantly [40944].

For a summary of statistical information updated yearly on tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, see also our latest Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status.

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