Issue 16-212:Smoking

November 10, 2016

In 2015, just over one in eight (13.0%) Canadians aged 15 years and older reported smoking either daily or occasionally, down from 14.8% in 2013. The smoking rate for youths aged 15 to 19 was 9.7% in 2015 and young adults aged 20 to 24 continued to have the highest rate, at 18.5%. Adults aged 25 and older were the only age group to record a notable change in the cigarette smoking rate in between 2013 and 2015 (from 14.6% to 12.7%). Overall, a higher proportion of Canadian males (15.6%) than females (10.4%) claim at least occasional tobacco use.

At the provincial level, smoking rates for those aged 15 years and older ranged from a low of 10.2% in British Columbia to a high of 18.4% in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Data Source: Statistics Canada