Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2014 Edition

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This report is the fifth edition in a series of annual reports on tobacco use in Canada. It was developed by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. The report uses data from national surveys conducted by Health Canada and Statistics Canada to summarize the main patterns and trends in tobacco use in Canada, primarily between 1999 and 2012, with a focus on the most current data available.


We are pleased to present Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends, 2014 edition. Now in its fifth edition, the usefulness of this report is proven and we continue to improve the report based on your feedback, which we appreciate.

Tobacco control continues to be a cancer prevention priority. Every year, more than 37,000 Canadians die because of tobacco; more than 1,000 who never smoked die from tobacco exposure(i). Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer in Canada and it is estimated that more than 85% of lung cancer cases are related to smoking(ii). Two Canadian teenagers start smoking cigarettes every 10 minutes, one of whom will lose his or her life because of it(i). Canada needs effective programs and policies to prevent and reduce tobacco use and exposure, guided by the patterns and trends outlined in this report.

This edition includes a special supplement on the use of flavoured tobacco and the policy response to these disturbing data. A recent survey found that 52% of Canadian students who reported tobacco use in the previous 30 days had used flavoured tobacco products(iii). The fruit and candy flavoured products are appealing to youth, easing the path to addiction.

For more information relevant to your work, we refer you to the annual publication Canadian Cancer Statistics produced by the Canadian Cancer Society in partnership with the Provincial/Territorial Cancer Registries, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada, and to the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit’s Tobacco Informatics Monitoring System.

This report is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society and prepared by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, with leadership from Jessica Reid and David Hammond. We trust it will help guide and support your work in tobacco control research, advocacy and programs.