Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition


Smoking Prevalence | Cigarette Consumption

Smoking Prevalence by Province

In 2013, there was significant variation in smoking prevalence by province(31) (Figure 2.1). Current smoking rates ranged from a low of 11.4% in British Columbia to a high of nearly 20% in New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Nova Scotia. All provinces except Ontario and British Columbia had smoking rates above the national average of 14.6%.

Between 1999 and 2013, smoking prevalence decreased substantially in all provinces, although not consistently (Table 2.1). There was considerable variation by province in the magnitude of this decline: from more than 13 percentage points in Quebec to around 6 in Manitoba. Several provinces appear to have reached a plateau in smoking prevalence in the most recent years. Throughout this time period, British Columbia consistently had the lowest smoking rate of all provinces.