About Tobacco Use in Canada

This report is part of a series of reports on tobacco use in Canada. It was developed by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. The report uses data from national surveys conducted by Health Canada and Statistics Canada to summarize the main patterns and trends in tobacco use in Canada, primarily since 1999, with a focus on the most current data available.

The report has four sections:

  1. Tobacco Use among Canadian Adults includes demographic trends in prevalence and consumption, use of tobacco products other than cigarettes, as well as summary measures at the provincial level.
  2. Quitting Smoking includes quit rates, plans to quit, quit attempts, quit success, and use of various forms of cessation assistance.
  3. Tobacco Use among Canadian Youth includes prevalence and consumption, sources of cigarettes, use of other tobacco products, and quitting-related measures.
  4. E-cigarette Use in Canada includes prevalence and demographic trends in e-cigarette use among Canadians, as well as additional measures about e-cigarettes (flavours, nicotine, reasons for use, etc.).

How to use this site

This site contains selected content and figures from each section of the 2019 report, with accompanying data tables that include 95% confidence intervals, to enable the extraction of more precise numbers.

You can find the data tables below the figures on each page and may copy them to Excel. In cases where tables are too large to host on the page, a link to download the Excel file will appear below the corresponding figure.

Use the menu on the left to navigate the four main sections of the report: adult tobacco use, quitting smokingyouth tobacco use, and e-cigarette use.

You can download a PDF version of the most recent edition or contact us to request a free copy of a previous report.

Suggested citation 

Reid JL, Hammond D, Tariq U, Burkhalter R, Rynard VL, Douglas O. Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends, 2019 Edition. Waterloo, ON: Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, University of Waterloo.


This report was prepared by Jessica Reid, MSc, and David Hammond, PhD, with assistance from Ornell Douglas, MPH. Data analysis was completed by Ulaina Tariq, MSc, Robin Burkhalter, MMath, and Vicki Rynard, MSc, using datasets made available by Statistics Canada and Health Canada.

This research is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society (grant #2017-704507).

The online version of the report is managed by Andy MacKenzie, BA, BEd.