The good news is that smoking rates have declined since the 1970s, however the bad news is that the highest rates of smoking are in the 24 - 29 year old age group. Also more men are smoking compared to women in all age groups and people's low wealth and education increases the rates of smoking.
In 2004/05 the total social costs of tobacco use in Australia were $31.5 billion. This includes costs to government, business and smokers and their families. Source: The Quit Victoria website
Most people understand that smoking is bad for health and it has terminal implications. Most Australians have known someone with cancer.
There is no one easy answer to reducing the rates of smoking. It is for this reason, many resources have been developed to highlight the information and support that is required for smokers, family members of smokers, workplaces and public spaces.
Quit Helpline: 137848 - for counselling, advice and resources
Go to the Quit Victoria website which provides practical assistance, tools, information, training and support for smokers, schools, workplaces and health professionals.
Go to the federal government's Department of Health and Ageing website to find the 2011 National Tobacco Strategy.
Go to the Australian Government Quitline website to start the journey and quit smoking.
Go to the Reach Out website to see why people smoke.
Go to the Kids' Health website to find resources for youth who smoke or could get involved with smoking.