Smoking rates

Australian and Victorian adult smoking rates

The adult smoking rate (for Australia and Victoria) includes daily smokers.

Smoking rates among adults in Australia have been steadily declining. The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report found the smoking rate among adults (aged 18 years and over) was 13.3%.  The smoking rate of Australian adults has almost halved since 1980

The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report found the smoking rate among Victorian adults (aged 18 years and over) was 12.6%.

Australian secondary school student smoking rates  

Current smoking among secondary school students is defined as having smoked in the week before the survey.  

The report on Australian Secondary School Students’ Use of Tobacco in 2014 showed the overall rate of current smoking among Australian students aged 12 to 17 years was 5.1%.  

Among 12 to 15 year olds, 3.0% were current smokers; the smoking rate for males was 2.8% and for females 3.2%.  

Among 16 to 17 year olds, 10.3% were current smokers; the smoking rate for males was 11.6% and for females 8.9%.  

Victorian secondary school students smoking rates  

In 2011, the overall rate of current smoking among Victorian students aged 12 to 17 years was 7.0%, as found in the Victorian secondary school students’ use of licit and illicit substances in 2011 report .  

Among 12 to 15 year olds, 4.4% were current smokers; the smoking rate for males was 4.0% and for females 4.8%.  

Among 16 to 17 year olds, 13.8% were current smokers; the smoking rate for males was 13.2% and for females 14.3%.