Identifying the Social Costs of Tobacco Use to Australia in 2015/16

Steve Whetton, Tait Robert, Michelle Scollo, Emily Banks, Janine Chapman, Tania Dey, Suraya Abdul Halim, Marshall Makate, Alice McEntee, Aqif Muhktar, Richard Norman, Ken Pidd, Ann Roche, Steve Allsop

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In the twentieth century the tobacco epidemic killed an estimated 100 million people globally; in the twenty-first century it may kill one billion people (World Health Organization, 2008). The scientific evidence is clear: smoking causes significant adverse impacts on human health, and the main driver of continued consumption of tobacco by smokers is nicotine dependence. The purpose of this study was to update the estimated social costs of tobacco use in Australia given the changing prevalence of smoking, the length of time since the last national estimate was conducted (for 2004/05 (Collins and Lapsley, 2008)), and new evidence on tobacco caused conditions and costs of tobacco outside the health domain.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPerth, WA
PublisherNational Drug Research Institute
Number of pages137
ISBN (Print)978-0-9942806-9-5
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


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