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Canadian tobacco statistics

Monitoring and analyzing tobacco statistics helps us keep track of our successes in the tobacco field – and points us toward where we need to do more work. The two main surveys we rely on are:

  • The Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Use Monitoring Survey

    The Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) provides us with important information about the changes in smoking status and the amount smoked by Canadians (aged 15 years or older). The survey currently does not include people living in the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut.

    Key results
    • Smoking rates in 2013 were 15%, which is 4.2 million smokers. This is the lowest national smoking rate ever recorded. In 2012 it was 16%.
    • More men smoke than women. 
    • Smoking rates for youth stayed the same with 11% of young people (15–19 years old) currently smoking in 2013.
  • The Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey

    The Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey monitors tobacco use in school-aged children (grades 6 to 12). The most recent survey in 2014–2015 found that about 2% of students in grades 6 to 9 are smokers (defined as having smoked in the previous 30 days), and about 11% of students in grades 10 to 12 are smokers. These rates show a decrease from 2012–2013. This is the lowest rate of current smokers since the survey began in 1994.



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