Smoking in young people

Why this indicator is important

The teenage years are the most common time for taking up smoking.1

Smoking is a major cause of illness and premature death among the NSW population.

Quitting smoking is an important way to improve a person’s health.

About this indicator

The indicator includes 12- to 17-year-olds in NSW who consider themselves to be heavy, light or occasional smokers. In 2017, smoking among young people was 6.4%.

The graph below shows the percentage of young people in each of the NSW local health districts (LHDs) who report being a smoker.

These LHDs cover geographic regions of NSW and some specialty networks (see a map of LHD regions). Some LHDs have been grouped due to the survey design.

Note: These data were the latest available at the time they were extracted (April 2019). For the most recent population health data, visit HealthStats NSW.

Current smoking prevalence in young people, by local health district (LHD) (ranked), NSW, 2017

Current smoking prevalence in young people, by local health district (LHD) (ranked), NSW, 2017

N= number of survey respondents, 2017

* Persons aged 12 to 17 years.

Notes:

  1. Data source: NSW School Students Health Behaviours Survey (sourced from HealthStats NSW, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health). Available at: www.healthstats.nsw.gov.au (accessed April 2019).
  2. Some LHDs have been grouped for the presentation of this indicator, as a result of the survey design.

Reference:

  1. NSW Ministry of Health. NSW Tobacco Strategy 2012– 2017. Available at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Publications/nsw-tobacco-strategy-2012.pdf (accessed 20 September 2018).