1.10 Prevalence of smoking in other high-risk sub-groups of the population

Last updated: July 2022

Suggested citation: Greenhalgh, EM, Bayly, M, Puljevic, C, & Scollo, MS. 1.10 Prevalence of smoking in other high-risk sub-groups of the population. In Greenhalgh, EM, Scollo, MM and Winstanley, MH [editors].  Tobacco in Australia: Facts and issues. Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria; 2022. Available from  Available from  http://www.tobaccoinaustralia.org.au/chapter-1-prevalence/1-10-prevalence-of-smoking-in-other-high-risk-sub-


Discussion of general trends in smoking prevalence in Australia overlooks population sub-groups that have much higher smoking rates, or for whom smoking causes unique or disproportionate problems. Individuals with lower socio-economic status or lower educational attainment are more likely to smoke, as discussed in Sections 9.1 and 9.2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, discussed in the preceding section and in detail in Chapter 8, also show substantially higher smoking rates than the rest of the population. See the following sections for a detailed discussion about smoking behaviours and cessation interventions for other population groups among whom smoking prevalence is either higher than overall Australian prevalence, or for whom smoking poses greater than usual health risks: