Posted September 03, 2018 08:03:49A cigarette is the single most common cause of death in Australia, according to a new report.
Key points:The number of deaths from tobacco related causes in Australia has risen in recent years to over 2,000 in the past three yearsThe research, from the University of Adelaide, said a quarter of all Australian deaths from cigarettes occur in the last two weeks of the yearAccording to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), there are around 25,000 cigarette smokers in Australia each year, with the majority of them in their late 20s and early 30s.
The research shows that the number of people dying from smoking in Australia is increasing, with around 1,000 Australians a year dying from the disease.
The new AIHW report, released this week, says that the increase in tobacco related deaths is due to the fact that the Australian population has become more sedentary, the use of e-cigarettes is on the rise, and e-cigarette use is increasing.
The study, which was commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, found that people who are more sedated and tobacco-free have the highest rate of tobacco-related deaths, while those who have the least tobacco use also have the lowest rate.
“The tobacco control strategy must be comprehensive, including prevention, and must incorporate all relevant strategies, including nicotine replacement therapies,” the report said.
“We must not just focus on the harms of tobacco but also the benefits.”
Professor Michael Wylie, from Adelaide’s School of Public Health and Community Health, said that the research highlighted that the government needs to take the next step in reducing smoking in order to prevent the epidemic of lung cancer that is sweeping the nation.
“It’s important that the strategy includes nicotine replacement, so we can have an even playing field for smokers,” he said.
The AIHPW’s report found that about 10 per cent of Australian adults smoke.
Professor Wyl, who was not involved in the research, said the increase could be attributed to a number of factors, including the increased use of electronic cigarettes, as well as the rise in e-cig sales in recent months.
“People who are smoking are much more likely to use an e-cigs,” he explained.
“They’re not getting the full benefit from the nicotine and they’re not burning the nicotine in the tobacco they are using.”
The study also noted that there are about 10,000 tobacco related health deaths in Australia every year, and the number is on track to increase by more than 50 per cent in the next 10 years.
“That means that in 2030, more than 2,500 people will have died from tobacco- related disease,” the AIHGW’s Mr Wyl said.
Professor Andrew Dickson, from St George’s University’s School for Public Health, which conducted the research with Professor Wyl and the Australian Research Council, said he was not surprised by the research findings.
“I think the findings are very encouraging,” he told The Irish Post.
“Although there are some very important issues, it is very important that we have a tobacco control policy that addresses the harms, and that is to increase public awareness, to make sure that we don’t have an epidemic of tobacco in Australia.”
You know, people do want to be healthier, but they are very concerned about the effects of smoking.
“Professor Wysons research also found that the more people smoked in Australia the more likely they were to smoke in other countries.”
And so people who smoke more often in Australia are much less likely to be smokers in other nations,” he added.