Smoking (PI09 and PI10)

Indicators related to smoking and preventative health in the nKPI are:

  • the proportion of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over whose smoking status was recorded within the previous 24 months
  • the proportion of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over whose smoking status was recorded within the previous 24 months as current smoker, ex-smoker or never smoked.

Why not smoking is important?

Tobacco smoking is the smoking of tobacco products, including packet cigarettes, roll-your-own cigarettes, cigars or pipes.

It is an important cause of preventable ill health and death in Australia and is a leading risk factor for the development of many chronic health conditions and premature. Health conditions often affected by tobacco smoking include many types of cancer, respiratory disease and heart disease.

It is estimated that over one third of the overall disease burden experienced by Indigenous Australians could be prevented by removing exposure to risk factors, such alcohol use (AIHW 2016).

Smoking status recorded (PI09)

This indicator is the proportion of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over whose smoking status was recorded within the previous 24 months.

It is collected for males and females in age groups:

  • 15–24
  • 25–34
  • 35–44
  • 45–54
  • 55–64
  • 65 and over.

At June 2019, 82% of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over had their smoking status recorded within the previous 24 months.

Smoking status recorded, by reporting period

This Tableau visualisation shows the percentage of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over who had their smoking status recorded in the last 2 years by reporting period (June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018 and June 2019).

Data supporting this visualisation are available in Excel supplementary data tables at Data.

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This was highest in:

  • Western Australia (93%)
  • Major cities and Inner regional areas (both 90%).

It was lowest in:

  • the Northern Territory (68%)
  • Very remote areas (64%).

Smoking status recorded, by either state/territory or remoteness, reporting period

Two Tableau visualisations are presented here. The first shows the percentage of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over who had their smoking status recorded in the last 2 years for either:

  • state/territory (NSW/ACT, Vic, Qld, WA, SA, Tas, NT, Australia)
  • remoteness area (Major cities, Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote, Very remote, Australia).

Reporting periods of either June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018 or June 2019 can be selected.

The second visualisation shows the selected information from the first visualisation by sex (male, female) and age group (15–24, 25–34, 35–44, 45–54, 55–64, 65+).

Data supporting this visualisation are available in Excel supplementary data tables at Data.

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Smoking status result (PI10)

This indicator is the proportion of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over whose smoking status was recorded within the previous 24 months as:

  • current smoker
  • ex-smoker
  • never smoked.

It is collected for males and females in age groups:

  • 15–24
  • 25–34
  • 35–44
  • 45–54
  • 55–64
  • 65 and over.

At June 2019, 52% of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over were current smokers, 33% had never smoked and 15% were ex-smokers.

Smoking status result, by smoking status and reporting period

This Tableau visualisation shows the percentage of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over who had their smoking status recorded in the last 2 years by smoking status result (current smoker, ex-smoker, never smoked) and reporting period (June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018 and June 2019).

Data supporting this visualisation are available in Excel supplementary data tables at Data.

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Being a current smoker was lowest in:

  • New South Wales/the Australian Capital Territory (combined) and Queensland (both 50%)
  • Major cities (48%).

It was highest in:

Smoking status result, by smoking status and either state/territory or remoteness, reporting period

Two Tableau visualisations are presented here. The first shows the percentage of Indigenous regular clients aged 15 and over who had their smoking status recorded in the last 2 years by smoking status result (select for current smoker, ex-smoker, or never smoked) for either:

  • state/territory (NSW/ACT, Vic, Qld, WA, SA, Tas, NT, Australia)
  • remoteness area (Major cities, Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote, Very remote, Australia).

Reporting periods of either June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018 or June 2019 can be selected.

The second visualisation shows the selected information from the first visualisation by sex (male, female) and age group (15–24, 25–34, 35–44, 45–54, 55–64, 65+).

Data supporting this visualisation are available in Excel supplementary data tables at Data.

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References

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2016. Australian Burden of Disease Study: Impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 6. Cat. no. BOD 7. Canberra: AIHW.