Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition


Historical Trends in Smoking Prevalence

Over the past half-century, there has been a substantial drop in smoking in Canada: one in two Canadians smoked in 1965, compared to just over one in seven in 2013 (Figure 1.1). Although the overall smoking rate has decreased fairly steadily, and 2013 has the lowest recorded smoking rate, this decline appears to have slowed in 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.