Is smoking still a health problem?

11 January 2019

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in Australia. While daily tobacco smoking has declined since 1991, it is estimated that smoking kills almost 19,000 Australians each year. Despite a long-term downward trend in daily smoking, tobacco remains the leading cause of cancer in Australia, making up 22% of attributable burden.

Research from the RSPH at ANU has found that up to two-thirds of deaths in current smokers in Australia can be attributed to smoking.

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