Who is smoking in Western Australia?

More than 200,000 adults continue to smoke, but less people are now smoking.

The following data represents a snapshot of smoking in Western Australia in the past decade.

  • In 2014, 58% women and 49% of men said they had never smoked.
  • In 2014, 12.3% people who said they were smokers, significantly less than in 2004 at 19.8%.
  • In 2014, 4.8% of school students aged 12 to 17 years said they had smoked in the past week.
  • In 2014, 96.6% of people report that their home is smoke-free.

People who are homeless, people with mental health problems and other groups of people also smoke at higher rates.

In 2012-13 Aboriginal people in Australia are:

  • 2.6 times more likely to smoke than non-Aboriginal people
  • 41% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over smoked on a daily basis.