Smoking is the new smoking

Emily Banks



Smoking is still an important public health problem. Even with decreasing prevalence, there are still many patients who need support to quit.

Key Points

  • Smoking remains the single biggest contributor to the total burden of disease and to the burden of cardiovascular disease in Australia.
  • Up to two-thirds of current smokers in Australia will die from their habit if they do not quit.
  • Quitting at any age is beneficial; people quitting by age 45 years avoid almost all of the premature mortality risks related to smoking.
  • Although Australia is a world leader in tobacco control, 2.7 million Australians are current smokers and smoking is increasingly concentrated in the disadvantaged.
  • Brief smoking cessation interventions by GPs and other health professionals are effective at reducing smoking.

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