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Research to Impact
31 August, 2018

Key smoking statistics for South Australia 2017/18

Research to Impact

Every year, our Population Health behavioural scientists prepare a statistical overview of smoking in South Australia. We encourage you to download the latest statistics.


  • In 2017, 16.5% of people aged 15 years and over and 14.3% of young people aged 15-29 years smoked.
  • The majority of South Australian smokers have tried to quit previously (74.9%); 35.9% have tried to quit in the past year and 55.3% intend to try to quit in the next six months.
  • Smoking rates among school children at are an all-time low with 3% of secondary students aged 12-17 years smoking in the past week.


SAHMRI's Population Health Group is a part of our Cancer and Heart Health themes.

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