Self-assessed health status is a commonly used measure of overall health, and reflects a person's perception of their own health at a given point in time (ABS 2018). As a self-reported measure, it captures the combined effects of physical, social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing.
Analysis of the ABS Smoker Status, Australia 2020–21 data set indicated that in 2020–21, for males aged 18 years and over who had ever served in the ADF:
- rates of current smoking were similar across all self-assessed health categories.
- those who rated their health as fair or poor were less likely to be current smokers than those who had never served and rated their health as fair or poor (15% compared with 22%, respectively).
Among those who had never served in the ADF, rates of current smoking increased as self-assessed health status decreased (Figure 5).
Figure 5: Current smoker status of males, by self-assessed health status and ADF service status, 2020–21