Overview

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.

The 2022 National Drug Strategy Household Survey is currently being conducted across Australia. You may be selected to participate. Find out more at www.aihw.gov.au/2022-ndshs

Featured reports

Latest findings

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

There is a strong link between problematic alcohol or other drug use and experiences of homelessness

People with mental health conditions are more likely to use tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs

Smoking and drinking rates are down among gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of ex-drinkers rose from 7.6% to 8.9%.

Smoking rates increase with socioeconomic disadvantage, but illicit drug use highest in the most advantaged areas.

More reports and statistics on tobacco smoking can be found under Alcohol, Alcohol & other drug treatment services and Illicit use of drugs.