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Smoking rates

Australian and Victorian smoking rates for adults and secondary students.

Australian and Victorian adult smoking rates

The adult smoking rate (for Australia and Victoria) measures daily smoking among adults aged 18 years and over.

Smoking rates among adults in Australia have been steadily declining. The 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report found the smoking rate among adults was 12.8%.  The smoking rate of Australian adults has almost halved since 1995. 

In 2015, the Victorian Smoking and Health Survey found that the smoking rate among Victorian adults was 11.9%.

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 2014, the overall rate of current smoking among Victorian students aged 12 to 17 years was 6%, as found in the report Tobacco, alcohol, over-the-counter and illicit substance use among Victorian secondary school students 2014.

Among 12 to 15 year olds, 4% were current smokers; the smoking rate for males was 3% and for females 4%.  

Among 16 to 17 year olds, 11% were current smokers; the smoking rate for males was 10% and for females 12%. 

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