Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition


By Age
| By Sex | By Province

Smoking Prevalence

In 2012-13, the smoking rate among students in grades 6-9 was 1.9% overall, although it varied substantially by grade from too low to report to 4.2%. Among adolescents aged 15-19, 10.7% were current smokers in 2013, again with substantial variation by age, from 4.6% among 15- and 16-year-olds to 18.5% of 19-year-olds. Daily smoking accounted for about half of smoking among youth, increasing with age (Figure 8.1).

Smoking prevalence among students in grades 6-9 remained fairly steady throughout the 2000’s, at less than half of the 1994 rate. Prevalence did not decrease significantly between 2010-11 and 2012-13, overall(74) or for daily(75) or non-daily smoking(76) (Figure 8.2).


Among youth aged 15-19, smoking prevalence declined steadily from 1999 to 2003, where it remained at around 18% until 2005, before dropping to around 15% for the next few years and then beginning to decline again around 2009 (Figure 8.2). Between 2012 and 2013, there was no significant change in overall(77), daily(78), or non-daily(79) smoking prevalence. In previous years, most of the decline in smoking observed among 15- to 19-year-olds appears to be due to decreasing daily smoking.