Smoking Facts / Statistics

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Smoking Facts and Statistics

Smoking Cigarettes is the #1 Preventable Cause of Death and Disease in Australia and Worldwide

In 2014, roughly 5.8 trillion (5,800,000,000,000) cigarettes were smoked worldwide!

The fact is, though there have been significant reductions in smoking rates within UK, Brazil, Australia and other countries, one country is growing in consumption : China.

In China the market now consumes more cigarettes than many other countries, thus offsetting the reduction elsewhere.

Legal Age to Smoke Tobacco Products

  • 18 years old is the legal age to smoke cigarettes and tobacco based products in most countries around the world
  • 20 years old is the legal age to smoke cigarettes and tobacco based products in Japan

Location of the highest consumption of cigarettes per person

China, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe

Average number of years a smoker will continue smoking

24 years


If you quit before age 35 your life expectancy is similar to someone who has never smoked.


Average number of times a smoker has tried to quit and failed


The average smoker consumption per day


Two out of three smokers (1.8 million Australians), will die because of smoking cigarettes (2015)
Prevalence of Smoking in Australia. Approx 17-18% (ages 14+yr daily smokers)

Is there a decline of cigarette smokers in Australia?
When comparing the statistics of 2001 to that of 2011-12 we see that the overall rates of smoking has definitely decreased for both men and women. Males aged 18 years and over, dropped from 27% in 2001 to 20% in 2011-12, and declined from 21% in 2001 to 16% for females.

Number of Australian adults 18yrs+ smoked at some time in their lives

Gender Smoking Statistics Australia

  • 2011-12 – The population of smokers was 5% of males and 9% of females aged 15-17 years.
  • 2011-12 -After 18 years, this rate rose significantly reaching 22% for men and 17% for women aged 18-24.
  • 2011-12- Rates remained for males up until approx. 55 years old and for women up until around age 65 years, whereupon rates decline.
  • 2011-12 – 8% of men and 7% of women aged 65 years were current smokers

Each year, smoking kills an estimated 15,000 Australians and costs Australia $31.5 billion in social (including health) and economic costs.


Tobacco Sales

Recent figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that total consumption of tobacco and cigarettes in the March quarter 2014 is the lowest ever recorded, as measured by estimated expenditure on tobacco products:

  • September 1959 $5.135 billion
  • December 2012 $3.508billion
  • March 2014 $3.405 billion
  • The use of tobacco products is increasing globally, yet in high-income countries it’s decreasing
  • Half the world is subjected to breathing air polluted by tobacco smoke.
  • The epidemic kills 5.4 million people a year, or one person every six seconds – one in 10 adult deaths worldwide.
  • 100 million deaths were caused by tobacco in the 20th century and there will be up to one billion deaths in the 21st century tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than eight million a year by 2030
  • There are over 16 million people that already have at least one disease caused by smoking
  • At an average non smokers will outlive the smoker by 13-14 years
  • 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking
  • 8 out of 10 deaths at the hands of COPD are a result of smoking cigarettes.
  • Smoking is associated with the cause of ED (Erectile Dysfunction)
  • Nonsmokers exposed to 2nd hand smoke at home or in the workplace will increase risk of lung cancer up to 30%
  • 2nd Hand Smoke causes to your children> ear infections, asthma, coughing, respiratory infections, wheezing, SIDs