In 2015, 15.7% of South Australians aged 15 years and over smoked (daily, weekly or less often than weekly), 15.7% was also the smoking rate in 2014, but was significantly lower than the 2013 rate of 19.4%.
In 2015, smoking prevalence was higher among males (18.8%) compared to females (12.8%) and was highest among 45-59 year olds (20.2%), followed by 15-29 year olds (16.9%), 30-44 year olds (16.8%), and those aged 60 years and over (8.9%).
Further smoking statistics and prevalence data for 2015 is available from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) website.
Smoking among South Australian Secondary School Students
Results from the 2014 Australian School Students’ Alcohol and Drugs (ASSAD) Survey for South Australia show that in 2014, the majority (86%) of secondary school students aged 12 to 17 years had never smoked and only 3% had smoked in the past week (3.2% of males and 2.8% of females). The decline in recent smoking from 2011 (4.7%) to 2014 (3.0%) for all students was statistically significant, as was the decline among 12-15 year olds (2.9% to 1.4%).
Just over 10% of students had ever used e-cigarettes. Use of e-cigarettes was significantly higher among 16-17 year olds compared with 12-15 year olds. Males (12.8%) were significantly more likely than females (7.6%) to have ever used e-cigarettes.
The prevalence of smoking was significantly higher among students who had higher disposable weekly income, below average self-reported school ability, or a mother, siblings, or close friends who smoke.
The national report: Australian secondary schools students' use of tobacco in 2014 is available from the National Drug Strategy website.