Smoking Information

•There are an estimated 1.1 billion smokers in the world. [1]
•17% of Victorian adults are regular smokers (a decline from 31.5% in 1986). [2]
•Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. [3]
•Smoking kills more than 19,000 Australians each year. That’s more than deaths caused by alcohol and illicit drugs combined. [4]
•Indigenous smoking rates (51%) are still the highest among any population group in Australia. [5]
•Programs to reduce tobacco consumption over the past 30 years have cost $176 million but have reduced health care costs by at least $0.5 billion (a saving of more than $324 million) and have created total benefits worth $8.4 billion. [6]
•Achievements in tobacco control show that more than 17,000 premature deaths are being averted because of lowered tobacco consumption. [7]
•Since 1 July 2001, Victoria’s restaurants, cafes and the dining areas of pubs and clubs have been smokefree. [8]

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