Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition

quitting smoking: QUITTer Percentage

By Sex | By Age

Quitter Percentage by Age

Quitter percentage varied significantly by age group(50), increasing dramatically with increasing age, as expected given that older smokers have had more years to become former smokers. In 2013, while one in ten ever-smokers aged 15-19 were former smokers when surveyed, three-quarters of ever-smokers over age 45 had quit (Figure 6.5).

The same pattern of increasing quitter percentage with age was observed in all years since 1999 (Figure 6.6). Between 1999 and 2013, quitter percentages appear to have generally increased among smokers over age 25. Quitter percentages were lower and more variable among younger smokers.