ANALYSIS discovered a huge amount of money raised in the smoke each year, and Aussie smokers throw a team of $ 14 billion for their habits.
Australian statistics, published last month, showed that 13.8 percent of people consider themselves to be daily smokers, which on average smoke half a pack of cigarettes.
Although the smoking rate has been decreasing over the last two decades, lately these cuts have slowed down.
An analysis by consumer comparison company finder.com.au showed that $ 14 billion is spent on cigarettes every year in the country.
Of the 2.8 million regular smokers, finder.com.au found that everyone spends more than $ 100 a week on average for a total average cost of $ 5237 per person individually per year.
"This is a terrible amount," said Angus Kidman, a health insurance expert.
"But this is also a conservative estimate. We calculated figures based on almost 14 percent of the Australians, who averaged about half a packet per day, and then looked at the cost of a package of 20 cheap cigarette brands at the bottom of the price scale."
ABS has found that the Northern Territory has the highest rate of daily smokers with about one out of every one, or 19.6%, that is inflamed.
However, Top End has seen the highest drop in the daily prevalence of smoking since 1995, compared with a staggering 35.6 percent.
The Australian metropolitan area has the lowest share of regular smokers with 10.6%. It also houses the largest number of people, almost 60%, who have never been illuminated.
"Nobody thinks smoking is good for them," said Mr Kidman.
"We have seen a general decline in smoking rates, but we are spending huge sums of money because cigarette prices are accelerating rapidly.
"It is a convenient way for governments to get more taxes and help finance smoking cessation and healthcare programs." There is no particular liking for smoking in the general public before smoking. "
But there are other financial hits for smokers that can not be immediately apparent, especially when it comes to life insurance premiums, said Mr Kidman.
Smokers pay at least twice their monthly insurance premiums – in some cases 270 percent more.
This is a similar increase in the cost of health insurance, said Mr. Kidman, and it does not matter how many cigarettes someone smokes.
"Although there are obviously different levels of smokers – some of them smoke a few packages a day, some just smoke in the social plan – but insurers do not make this distinction as a rule. You smoke in their eyes independently."
And those Australians who are tempted to put a tick on the "non-smoking" box in addition to life insurance may be a rough shock when their loved ones are claiming.
"You can not lie because they find out. If you die and it turns out that you are smoking, but said that you are not, the policy can be canceled and your family will not receive a payment," – said Mr. Kidman. .
Many people may not understand or forget that they have unintentionally lied about the illumination, said Mr Kidman.
"If you go back to smoking after sorting out your policy, you will be notified of changes in your circumstances. I think maybe people have forgotten or did not think about it."
An analysis of researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University of La Traba last year found that half of all global deaths in 2017 was due to only four risk factors – smoking, high blood glucose, high blood pressure, and high body mass index .
It is estimated that 7.1 million people died worldwide from smoking related illnesses in that 12-month period.
Electronic cigarettes advertised as a possible solution to smoking problems and a way to help people break their habit, but the American Heart Association discovered last year that 1.9 million Americans who used to have never smoked cigarettes.
It's unusual that 60% of regular users of electronic cigarettes were younger than 25 years old.
Similarly, the University of Curtin found that young Australians are more likely to act for pleasure than not to quit smoking.
"Many types of electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic hookahs and electronic tubes, are now available in the community," said Dr. Curtis University Research Fellow Dr. Michel Yongnalis.
"At the community level, concerns were expressed that the widespread introduction of these products could stimulate smoking-related behavior."