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 2017, 9.7% of people aged 18 years and over said they were daily smokers
  • In 2017, 4.8% of school students aged 12 to 17 years said they had smoked in the past week.
  • In 2017, 96.2% 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 2014-15 Aboriginal people in Australia are:

  • almost 3 times more likely to smoke than non-Aboriginal people
  • 39% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over smoked on a daily basis.