Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition


Cessation Methods

The phone number for the Smoker's Helpline was added to the warning labels for cigarette packages introduced in 2012.x The 2013 CTADS collected data on use of telephone helplines for quitting smoking. In 2013, use of a telephone quitline in the past year was reported by 5.6% of current smokers who had tried to quit in the past year and former smokers who had quit in the past 2 years. Although this figure is similar to previous estimates, it should not be directly compared to previous years due to changes in question coverage (i.e., who was asked ‐ see note below Figure 6.24).

For other cessation methods, the most recent data available are from the 2012 CTUMS. Estimates from the 2003 to 2012 waves of CTUMS are shown below in Figure 6.24. In these years, reducing cigarette consumption as a way to quit was popular, cited by nearly two-thirds of smokers. The most commonly used form of cessation assistance throughout this time period was stop-smoking medications (SSMs), including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and medications like Zyban, reported by 44.2% in 2012. Use of SSMs remained fairly stable from 2003 to 2012, at just under half of smokers. Approximately one quarter of smokers made a deal with friend or family to quit, which also remained fairly stable from 2003 to 2012. Other forms of assistance, such as workplace cessation programs, websites, and quit smoking contests, were used by relatively few people in the years with available data.