Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition

SMOKING IN THE PROVINCES: ONTARIO

Smoking Prevalence | Cigarette Consumption

Ontario

Smoking Prevalence

In 2013, smoking prevalence in Ontario was 12.6%, below the national average of 14.6%.

Figure 2.15 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in Ontario from 1999-2013. Overall prevalence appears to have been decreased substantially during this time, although with little change in many of the years. Prevalence was greater among males than females in all years observed; however, the magnitude of this difference varied considerably from year to year, from similar rates to a difference of 10 percentage points.

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Figure 2.16 (next page) shows smoking prevalence by age group in Ontario, from 1999-2013. During this time period, smoking prevalence decreased substantially in all age groups except those over 45, for whom smoking prevalence fluctuated around 15%. This decrease was particularly large among those aged 15-19, for whom prevalence went from 1 in 4 to less than 1 in 10 in a decade, but has not changed in the past 5 years.

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