Tobacco smoking is one of the greatest public health concerns and is responsible for the largest disease burden in Australia.
Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, causing disease and reducing quality of life and life expectancy. On average, men who smoke lose 13.2 years of life, while females lose 14.5 years. However, smokers who quit by the age of 30 avoid almost all tobacco-related premature mortality, and those who quit by the age of 50 half the risk.
In NSW, 21.9 per cent of males and 15.4 per cent of females over the age of 16 years report being current smokers (daily or occasional smoking).