Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2014 Edition


Historical Trends in Smoking Prevalence

Over the past half-century, there has been a substantial drop in smoking in Canada: about half of Canadians smoked in 1965, compared to about one in six in 2012 (Figure 1.1). Although the overall smoking rate has decreased fairly steadily, this decline appears to have slowed in the most recent years. Historically large sex differences in smoking prevalence have narrowed over time to within a few percentage points, although smoking rates have remained higher among males.