Smoking hot facts!

Friday, 14 February 2014

A new Fact Sheet describes the urgent need to understand why it is that the rate of smoking has fallen in major city areas but not in the Bush. Smoking is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia, estimated to cost the nation $31.5 billion annually in health expenditure, lost productivity and other social costs.

Smoking kills 15,000 Australians a year and around 26 per cent of the population in remote areas are smokers, compared with 14.7 per cent in metropolitan areas.

The issue is not only vital in its own right but also as a case study in what might be done to increase the effectiveness of health promotion campaigns for rural people.

You can read the Smoking and Rural Health fact sheet here.