The number of people who smoke in Victoria has fallen below 15 per cent for the first time, latest figures reveal.
Cancer Council Victoria found that 14.4 per cent of people in the state were regular smokers in 2011, down from 21.2 per cent in 1998, while the number of deaths from smoke-related illnesses stood at 4,000.
Males are more likely than females to be regular smokers, while those in the over-50 age bracket were the least inclined to take up the habit.
Cancer Council Victoria chief executive Todd Harper suggested that the figures show how effective anti-smoking initiatives have been over the years.
"We have gone through a period of significant action and tobacco reform over the last five years with increases to the price of cigarettes, constant exposure of smokers to anti-smoking messages on television and an impressive expansion of smoke-free areas," he commented.
Additional figures show that the average number of cigarettes smoked per day has also fallen from 18 in 1998 to 14.5 last year.
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