Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition

SMOKING IN THE PROVINCES: NOVA SCOTIA

Smoking Prevalence | Cigarette Consumption

Nova Scotia

Smoking Prevalence

In 2013, smoking prevalence in Nova Scotia was 19.4%, well above the national average of 14.6%.

Figure 2.24 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in Nova Scotia from 1999-2013. Prevalence decreased fairly sharply for the first five years, before reaching a plateau, and then again decreasing. However, prevalence appears to have increased in 2013. Prevalence was greater among males than females in all years observed, although only slightly in several instances.

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Figure 2.25 (next page) shows smoking prevalence by age group in Nova Scotia, from 1999-2013. During this time period, smoking prevalence decreased substantially, although not steadily, in all age groups. The largest decrease observed was among those aged 15-19, for whom smoking was reduced to one third of the 1999 level. There appear to have been increases in prevalence among the older age groups in 2013.

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