Tobacco Use in Canada
Patterns and Trends - 2015 Edition


Grades 6-9
| Age 15-18

Sources of cigarettes for students in grades 6-9

In 2012-13, when smokers in grades 6-9 were asked where they usually got their cigarettes, most reported obtaining them from social sources. One third of smokers usually asked someone to buy cigarettes for them, or bought them from a friend or someone else. Nearly as many reported being given cigarettes by a friend, family member or someone else, or taking them from a family member. Approximately one in four smokers reported usually purchasing cigarettes from a store themselves (Figure 9.1).