Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2014 Edition


By Age
| By Sex | By Province

Smoking Prevalence

In 2010-11, the smoking rate among students in grades 6-9 was 2.2% overall, although it varied substantially by grade from too low to report to 5% (Figure 8.1). Among adolescents aged 15-19, 11% were current smokers in 2012, again with substantial variation by age, from 5 to 17%. Daily smoking accounted for about half of smoking among youth, increasing with age.

Smoking prevalence among students in grades 6-9 remained fairly steady throughout the 2000’s, at less than half of the 1994 rate, but decreased significantly between 2008-09 and 2010-11, overall(65) and for both daily and non-daily smoking(66,67) (Figure 8.2). Among youth aged 15-19, smoking prevalence declined steadily from 1999 to 2003, where it remained at around 18% until 2005, before dropping to around 15% for the next few years and then beginning to decline again around 2009 (Figure 8.2). Between 2011 and 2012, there was no significant change in overall prevalence(68)or daily smoking (69); however, non-daily smoking decreased significantly (70). In previous years, most of the decline in smoking observed among 15- to 19-year-olds appears to be due to decreasing daily smoking.