Canada: smoking rates at record low

The 2013 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey data were released on February 3, 2015.

The overall smoking prevalence in 2013 was 15% (4.2 million smokers), statistically unchanged from 2012 (16%, about 4.6 million smokers), but the lowest national smoking rate ever recorded. Eleven percent (11% or 3.1 million) reported smoking daily, while 4% (1.1 million) reported smoking occasionally. More males (16%) reported smoking than females (13%).  

Current smoking among youth aged 15 to 19 years was 11% (approximately 225,000 teens). This is the lowest rate of current smoking recorded for this age group since Health Canada first reported smoking prevalence. Five percent (5%) of youth reported smoking daily, and consumed an average of 9.2 cigarettes per day, while 6% of youth reported smoking occasionally. A higher percentage of male than female youths reported currently smoking (13% and 8%, respectively).

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