Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2014 Edition


Grades 6-9
| Age 15-18

Sources of cigarettes for students in grades 6-9

In 2010-11, when smokers in grades 6-9 were asked where they usually got their cigarettes, most reported obtaining them from social sources. Nearly half of smokers usually asked someone to buy cigarettes for them, or bought them from a friend or someone else. Another 30% reported being given cigarettes by a friend, family member or someone else, or taking them from a family member. Approximately one in six smokers reported usually purchasing cigarettes from a store themselves (Figure 9.1).