Tobacco smoking

Tobacco smoking is an important cause of preventable ill health and death in Australia. It is a leading risk factor for the development of many chronic health conditions and premature death.

Health conditions often affected by tobacco smoking include many types of cancer, respiratory disease and heart disease.

About 1 in 6 (18%) people aged 15 and over with disability smoke daily (based on self-reported data) (Figure 1). They are more likely to do so than people without disability (12%).

Males aged 15 and over with disability (18%) are more likely to smoke daily than their female counterparts (15%) (Figure 1). As this is consistent with patterns for the overall population, this likely reflects sex rather than disability status.

Younger people (aged 15–64) with disability (25%) are more likely to smoke daily than their older counterparts (aged 65 and over) (8%) (Figure 1).

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2019. Microdata: National Health Survey, 2017–18. Canberra: ABS. Findings based on AIHW analysis of the main unit record file (MURF).