Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition

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This report is the sixth edition in a series of annual reports on tobacco use in Canada. It was developed by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. The report uses data from national surveys conducted by Health Canada and Statistics Canada to summarize the main patterns and trends in tobacco use in Canada, primarily between 1999 and 2013, with a focus on the most current data available.

Foreword

We are pleased to share with you Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends, 2015 Edition. Now in its sixth year, this report builds on previous editions, and is a reference on tobacco use in Canada between 1999 and 2013, with a focus on the most current data. Data are from national surveys conducted by Health Canada and Statistics Canada.

Tobacco control continues to be a critical priority for cancer prevention, and for both the Canadian Cancer Society and the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact. Tobacco use may be even deadlier than previously thought: a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that current estimates of those who die from cigarette smoking may be low given the lag time between smoking and established disease.(i) A strong commitment to tobacco control research, advocacy and programs is still needed as we continue efforts to minimize the damage tobacco does to the health of so many Canadians.

For the second year we have included a special topic supplement, this time on the use of e-cigarettes. With the release of the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, we have the first national data on e-cigarette use. Among those aged 15 and older, 9%, or 2.5 million people, said they had tried one. Rates among those aged 15 to 19 and 20 to 24 are more than twice that at 20%.(ii)

For more information relevant to your interests, we refer you to the annual publication Canadian Cancer Statistics produced by the Canadian Cancer Society in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada, and to the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit’s Tobacco Informatics Monitoring System.

Funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, this report is prepared by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, with leadership from Jessica Reid and Dr. David Hammond. We trust it will be a valuable reference for your work in tobacco control.