Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition


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Current Smoking Prevalence

In 2013, the overall prevalence of smoking in Canada was 14.6%, equivalent to approximately 4.2 million Canadians: 10.9% (3.1 million) daily smokers and 3.8% (1.1 million) non-daily smokers (Figure 1.2). Although the lowest estimate ever recorded, this was not a significant decrease from the 2012 estimate of 16.1%(1).

Similarly, although estimates of daily and non-daily smoking in 2013 were lower than the 2012 figures (11.9% and 4.3%, respectively), neither difference was statistically significant(2)(3).

As shown in Figure 1.3, overall smoking prevalence has decreased significantly over time since 1999(4). Reduction in daily smoking appears to be responsible for most of the observed decline in smoking rates, since non-daily smoking has remained relatively constant at around 4%.

From 1999 to 2013, the average annual decrease in prevalence was 3.3% of the previous year’s value, so that the absolute difference between successive years is getting smaller with time(5).