Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition

youth: SMOKING PREVALENCE


By Age
| By Sex | By Province

Smoking Prevalence by Province

Prevalence Among Students In Grades
6 - 9


Smoking prevalence among students in grades 6-9 varied significantly by province in 2012-13(82) (Figure 8.7). Prevalence was highest in Quebec, at 4.4%, and lowest in Ontario, at 0.8%.

Between 1994 and 2004-05, smoking declined substantially in all provinces (Table 8.1). Although some small increases were observed in the following waves, in 2012-13, prevalence appears to have decreased to 2004-05 levels or lower in most provinces.

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Prevalence Among Youth Aged 15 - 19

Among youth aged 15-19, variation in smoking prevalence by province was not significant(83) in 2013 (Figure 8.8). Estimates ranged from 8.8% in Alberta to 13.9% in Quebec.

Between 1999 and 2013, smoking prevalence decreased substantially in all provinces; during this time, smoking rates fell by more than half in Canada, as well as in all provinces (Figure 8.2). However, between 2012 and 2013, little to no progress was made in most provinces. While a large decrease was observed in Saskatchewan, it is unclear whether this is due to year-to-year variation in estimates, or the beginning of a trend.

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