Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia.

Between 2008 and 2012, an average of 502 Tasmanians died each year from tobacco use.

Tasmania has traditionally had a higher rate of tobacco smoking than most of the other jurisdictions and Australia as a whole, with the exception of the Northern Territory.

The Australian Health Survey 2014-15 reported 18.9 per cent of Tasmanians over 18 years of age were estimated to be either daily or occasional smokers compared to 16 per cent nationally. However, this figure is lower than the previous survey result in 2011-12 of 21.7 per cent.

This suggests smoking prevalence is decreasing but there is still a gap between Tasmania and the rest of Australia.

New laws

New laws applying to tobacco and electronic cigarette retailers, people who use e-cigarettes and occupiers of smoke-free areas are effective from 29 November 2017.

Want to Quit?

For more information or support to quit smoking visit Quit Tasmania, call the 24-hour Quitline on 13 78 48 or view a list of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs community services.

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