In 2013, among Canadian adults age 15 and older:
14.6% of Canadians (approximately 4.2 million) were current smokers.
- The majority of smokers reported smoking daily (10.9% daily/3.8% non-daily prevalence).
- Although smoking prevalence was at its lowest level since measurement began, the observe prevalence decline appears to have slowed.
- Prevalence was higher among males (16.0%) than females (13.3%).
- Prevalence was highest among young adults (18.5% among those aged 25-34, and 17.9% among those aged 20-24), and generally declined with age. Prevalence was lowest among youth aged 15-19 and adults age 55+, at 10.7% and 10.8%, respectively.
Daily smokers in Canada smoked an average of 13.9 cigarettes per day.
- Average consumption has declined by more than three cigarettes per day since 1999.
- Male daily smokers consumed nearly three more cigarettes per day than females.
There were significant differences between provinces in smoking prevalence, ranging from 11% in BC to nearly 20% in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland.
Self-rated health varied by smoking status: smokers did not rate their health as highly as non-smokers.
Cigars and cigarillos were the most popular tobacco products other than cigarettes: 3.3% of Canadians reported use in the past 30 days.
- Use of cigars/cigarillos varied by province.
Although the vast majority of smokers usually got their cigarettes from stores, approximately one in 10 had purchased from a First Nations reserve. Few reported having purchased cigarettes that may have been smuggled.
More than half of respondents (59.1%) reported being exposed to secondhand smoke in the past month, including 12.9% who were exposed daily or almost daily. Exposure was most prevalent among males, young people, and current smokers.