Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2014 Edition


Smoking Prevalence | Cigarette Consumption

Smoking Prevalence by Province

In 2012, there was significant variation in smoking prevalence by province (21) (Figure 2.1). Current smoking rates ranged from a low of 13.2% in British Columbia to a high of 19.7% in Newfoundland & Labrador. The prairie provinces all had smoking rates above the national average of 16.1%.

Between 1999 and 2012, smoking prevalence decreased substantially in all provinces, although not consistently (Table 2.1). There was considerable variation by province in the magnitude of this decline: from more than 13 percentage points in Quebec and Nova Scotia to just over 5 in Manitoba. Several provinces appear to have reached a plateau in smoking prevalence in the most recent years. Throughout this time period, British Columbia consistently had the lowest smoking rate of all provinces.