Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition


Susceptibility to Smoking

Although current smoking rates were fairly low among the youngest respondents, students may be susceptible to future smoking. Susceptibility to smoking is defined as “the absence of a firm decision not to smoke,” and can predict future smoking among youth.(xii)

Overall, 30.5% of never-smokers in grades 6-9 were classified as susceptible to smoking* in 2012-13, which was not significantly different from in 2010-11(71). Similar percentages of males (30.5%) and females (30.6%) were susceptible to smoking(72).

*Students were classified as NOT susceptible if they responded “definitely not” to the following three items: “Do you think in the future you might try smoking cigarettes?”, “If one of your best friends was to offer you a cigarette would you smoke it?”, and “At any time during the next year do you think you will smoke a cigarette?”; all other students were classified as susceptible.