Tobacco smoking is the single most important preventable cause of ill health and death in Australia. Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, of which over 70 cause cancer.

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The non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs is an ongoing concern internationally

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable health burden in Australia

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke has declined significantly

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of people who had ever used e-cigarettes rose from 8.8% to 11.3%.

Non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in use of pain-killers.

In 2019, 11.0% of Australians smoked tobacco daily, down from 12.2% in 2016 and 24% in 1991.