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Tobacco Control

Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia.

Between 2003 and 2007, an average of 471 Tasmanians died each year from tobacco use.

Tasmania has traditionally had a higher rate of tobacco smoking than most of the other jurisdictions, and Australia as a whole, with the exception of the Northern Territory.

The Australian Health Survey 2011-12 reported 21.7 per cent of Tasmanians over 18 years of age were estimated to be either daily or occasional smokers compared to 18 per cent nationally. However, this figure is significantly lower than the previous survey result in 2007-08 of 24.9 per cent.

This suggests smoking prevalence is decreasing but there is still a gap between Tasmania and the rest of Australia.

Smoking prevalence is highest in the 25 to 34 age group at 33 per cent, which compares to 23 per cent nationally.

There are more male than female smokers in Tasmania (25.8 per cent compared to 17.9 per cent) and a widening gap between genders.

Of great concern is the high proportion of male smokers in the 25 to 34 and 35 to 44 age groups at around 40 per cent.

Smoke-Free Areas

Tasmania has strict controls on where people can smoke in public areas to protect Tasmanians from harmful second-hand tobacco smoke.

 Take a tour of all smoke-free areas in Tasmania, including public events

Download smoke-free area resources and signage 


Selling Tobacco

Tasmania has strict controls on the sale of tobacco.

For more information on changes to how tobacco is sold in Tasmania dowload the Tobacco Retailers Guide (March 2012)

Apply for a tobacco licence


Tobacco Action

We are committed to reducing the harm caused by tobacco, and aim to lower the prevalence of smoking among Tasmanians to 10 per cent by 2020.

 Read how we are working to reduce tobacco-realated harm

Investment in Tobacco Control 2010-11

Investment in Tobacco Control 2011-12

Want more information?

Call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

About the Environmental Health Unit.

Want to Quit?

 For more information or support to quit smoking visit Quit Tasmania, call the 24-hour Quitline on

13 78 48 or view a list of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs community services.

Every cigarette you don't smoke is doing you good – to find out how much you could save by quitting click here