Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition

end material: GLOSSARY

CTADS/CTUMS

Smoking status has been defined to be consistent with the definitions used in other national Health Canada surveys that collect data on tobacco use.

Smoking prevalence: the estimated number of smokers in a specified group, divided by the total population of that group, expressed as a percentage; also referred to as the "smoking rate".

Cigarette consumption: the number of cigarettes reported smoked by either daily or occasional smokers. In this report, consumption is reported only for daily smokers.

Current smoker: : includes daily and non-daily (occasional) smokers. Determined from the response to the question "At the present time do you smoke cigarettes every day, occasionally, or not at all?"

  • Current daily smoker: refers to those who respond "every day" to the question "At the present time do you smoke cigarettes every day, occasionally or not at all?"
  • Current non-daily smoker: often referred to as "occasional" smoker, refers to those who respond "Occasionally" to the question "At the present time do you smoke cigarettes every day, occasionally or not at all?"

Former smoker: was not smoking at the time of the interview, however, answered "YES" to the question "Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your life?"
Ever-smokers: current and former smokers combined.

Never-smoker: was not smoking at the time of the interview and answered "NO" to the question "Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your life?"

Non-smokers: former smokers and never-smokers combined.

Quitter percentage: the ratio of the number of former smokers in a specified group divided by the number of ever-smokers in that group.

 

YSS

Current smoker: has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his/her lifetime; includes daily and non-daily smokers.

Current daily smoker: a current smoker who has smoked at least one cigarette per day for each of the 30 days preceding the survey.

Current non-daily smoker: a current smoker who has smoked at least one cigarette during the past 30 days, but has not smoked every day.

Former smoker: smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his/her lifetime and has not smoked at all during the past 30 days.

Experimental smoker (beginner): has smoked at least one whole cigarette and has smoked in the last 30 days.

Former experimental smoker (past experimenter): has smoked at least one whole cigarette and has not smoked at all in the past 30 days.

Puffer: someone who has just tried a few puffs of a cigarette, but has never smoked a whole cigarette.

Ever tried a cigarette: someone who has ever tried a cigarette, even a few puffs.

Never tried a cigarette: someone who has never tried a cigarette, not even a few puffs.

Smoking prevalence: : the estimated number of smokers in a specified group, divided by the total population of that group, expressed as a percentage.

Cigarette consumption: the average number of cigarettes smoked per day by daily smokers.