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Research to Impact
2 November, 2016

Key smoking statistics for South Australia 2015/16

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.

Key statistics

  • passive smoking is on the increase - in 2015, 71.6% of the South Australian population reported that they had been exposed to someone else’s cigarette smoking in the past two weeks, which was a significant increase from 2014 (67.1%)
  • most South Australians want smoke-free dining - in 2015, 93.4% of the population agreed that there should be either total bans or smoking restrictions in outdoor (alfresco) dining areas, which was a significantly higher than 2013 (90.9%)
  • South Australians are trying to quit - the majority of South Australian smokers have made a previous quit attempt (77.3%); 43.1% have tried to quit in the past year and 59.5% intend to try to quit in the next six months.


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


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The SAHMRI community acknowledges and pays respect to the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region. We also acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and the relationship of the Kaurna people to their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna peoples' ancestors and the living Kaurna people today.