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Which Australian city smokes the most?

Smoking is a hot topic in Australia: it was the first country to introduce plain package cigarettes, and has heavy taxes on tobacco products. These federal measures are aimed at reducing the number of smokers in the country, and thereby the number of smoking-related illnesses and deaths that occur each year. The two most recent estimates for deaths caused by tobacco are by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), and the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). The DoHA estimates 14,901 tobacco-attributable deaths in Australia (based on figures from 2004-05) and the estimates 15,511 deaths (based on figures from 2003). The differences in estimates are due to differing methodologies and reference years. Based on figures from the AIHW and DoHA reports, Tobacco in Australia estimates that there are 15,000 deaths annually due to tobacco. Even with conservative methodologies, the numbers are troubling.

This FACT indicates the total percentage of smokers in each Australian capital city. Data collected in 2011 indicates that the city with the highest rate of smokers is Darwin, at 27 percent. The city with the lowest is Perth, at 11.5 percent.

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Source: Public Health Information Development Unit, 2011

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