Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition

SMOKING IN THE PROVINCES: British Columbia

Smoking Prevalence | Cigarette Consumption

British Columbia

Smoking Prevalence

In 2013, smoking prevalence in British Columbia was 11.4%, below the national average of 14.6%, and the lowest of all provinces.

Figure 2.3 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in British Columbia from 1999-2013. Overall, prevalence declined slowly during this time, although little or no progress was made during much of the 2000s . Males had similar or greater prevalence than females in all years observed, although with year-to-year variation.

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Figure 2.4 shows smoking prevalence by age group in British Columbia, from 1999-2012. During this time period, there was a net decrease in smoking prevalence (despite fluctuations) in all age groups; this decrease was largest among the youngest age groups, and smallest among those over 45. Prevalence has not decreased in the most recent years, among most age groups.

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