Australia was chosen as part of the original four ITC survey countries because it is a world-leader in tobacco control policies, such as smoke-free laws. Australia signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on December 5, 2003. The treaty was ratified on October 27, 2004.
|Population (2006 estimate)||20,264,082|
|Life expectancy (2004 estimate)||Men: 78 years, Women: 83 years|
|Healthy life expectancy (2002 estimate)||Men: 70.9 years, Women: 74.3 years|
|Ethnic groups||White 92%, Asian 7%, Aboriginal and other 1%|
|GDP per capita (2004)||$31,454|
|Median age||36.9 years|
Smoking Prevalence and Related Costs:
- Approximately 25% of Australians (3 million) smoke. This number jumps to 54% of people in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over the age of 14 (2002). 12.3% of adolescents between the ages of 14 and 19 in 2004 reported they smoke daily.
- 1 in 7 adult deaths (19,000 per year) in Australia are attributed to tobacco. Cigarettes are the major form of tobacco consumption.
- Smoking related hospitalizations in 2001-2002 cost the Australian government $700 million. Combined with the other social costs of smoking, whether in the form of absenteeism for business or government employees, losses in productivity, years of healthy life lost, etc, the total yearly cost of tobacco-related illness on the Australian government is an estimated $21 billion.
- Australia adopted a national ban on tobacco advertising in 1993.
- Warning labels are required on cigarette packs.
- Chew tobacco and oral snuff are prohibited.
- Legal minimum age to buy tobacco is 18.
- Light/mild descriptors were banned in Otctober 2005.
- Smoking was banned in bars in 2006.
Australia Contact Information
Janine Ouimet, Project Manager. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Borland, Principal Investigator. Email: email@example.com
Ron Borland (Principal Investigator)
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Sources: World Health Organization, Action on Smoking and Health Australia, National Health Policy on Tobacco in Australia and Examples of Strategies for Implementation, CIA World Factbook.