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Centre for Behavioural
Research in Cancer

Australian secondary school student smoking behaviours

Beginning in 1984, this survey has obtained prevalence estimates of tobacco smoking among secondary school children throughout Australia at three-yearly intervals. The survey also obtains prevalence estimates of secondary students' use of alcohol, since 1996, use of illicit substances and non-prescription pain killers and, since 2014, use of e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The report from the most recent survey round, conducted in 2022/2023, is available from the Department of Health. For other reports and research output from this project, follow the link below.

CBRC staff

Maree Scully, Emily Bain, Ian Koh, Prof Sarah Durkin, Prof Melanie Wakefield


Prof Vicki White (Deakin University), State and Territory Coordinators


Contributed by Cancer Council Victoria, state health departments, state Cancer Councils and Australian Department of Health and Aged Care.


1984 - present