Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 7.1
Smoking status among people with and without current asthma, most recent survey results, 2004–2007

Population (study)

Year

Age (years)

Smoking status

People with asthma

People without asthma

Rate (%)

95% CI

Rate (%)

95% CI

Australia (1)

2004–05

18 and over

Current smoker
Ex-smoker
Never smoked

24.5
31.6
43.4

(n = 2,053)

22.3–26.7
29.1–34.0
40.6–46.1

22.6
29.8
47.2

(n = 17,448)

21.9–23.4
29.0–30.6
46.3–48.1

New South Wales (2)

2006

16 and over

Current smoker

19.0

(n = 1,522)

16.1–21.8

n.a.

n.a.

Victoria (3)

2006

18 and over

Current smoker(a)
Ex-smoker
Non-smoker

15.8
22.1
62.1

12.4–19.3
18.4–25.7
57.5–66.8

21.1
24.4
54.6

19.6–22.5
23.0–25.7
52.9–56.3

Queensland (4)

2006

18 and over

Daily smoker
Occasional smoker
Ex-smoker
Ex-smoker (tried few times)
Never smoked

30.4
5.1
18.7
6.3
39.6

(n = 215)

23.4–38.4
2.4–10.2
13.9–24.6
3.6–10.8
32.2–47.6

15.4
4.7
27.5
12.1
40.4

(n = 1,305)

13.2–17.8
3.5–6.4
25.0–30.2
10.2–14.3
37.4–43.4

Western Australia (5)

2006–07

16 and over

Current smoker
Ex-smoker
Never smoked

15.8
14.5
69.7

(n = 619)

11.7–21.1
11.1–18.8
63.8–75.0

15.8
15.2
69.0

(n = 5,312)

14.4–17.4
13.9–16.6
67.1–70.8

South Australia (6)

2006–07

16 and over

Current smoker
Ex-smoker
Never smoked

17.1
36.3
46.6

(n = 764)

14.6–19.9
33.0–39.8
43.0–50.1

16.7
35.8
47.4

(n = 4,935)

15.7–17.8
34.5–37.2
46.0–48.8

n.a. Not available

(a) Includes people who reported smoking daily or occasionally.

Note: CI = confidence interval.

Sources: (1) Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (ACAM) analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Health Survey 2004–05 confidentialised unit record files; Data excludes people who smoked less than weekly (0.6% of people with asthma and 0.4% of people without asthma). (2) New South Wales (NSW) Population Health Survey, Centre for Epidemiology and Research, NSW Health; (3) Department of Human Services, Victorian Population Health Survey 2006 (unpublished data); (4) Queensland Omnibus, Epidemiology Services Unit, Queensland Health; (5) WA Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System, Epidemiology Branch, Department of Health, Government of Western Australia; (6) South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS), Population Research and Outcome Studies, Health Intelligence, Department of Health, Government of South Australia.

 

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