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Smoking prevalence by sex

 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2015. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.

In 2015, 15.6% of males (2.3 million) and 10.4% of females (1.6 million) were current smokers (Figure 1.4).

Overall prevalence, as well as both daily and non-daily smoking, were significantly more prevalent among males than females.6,7,8

Between 2013 and 2015, smoking prevalence among females decreased significantly,9 from 13.3% to 10.4%; however, among males there was no significant change from the 2013 estimate of 16.0%.10

Smoking prevalence estimates were higher among males than females in all survey years from 1999 to 2015, although the magnitude of this difference varied (Figure 1.5). 


 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, 1999-2012 and Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2015. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.