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Smoking and self-rated health

Respondents on Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) were asked to rate their own health. As shown in Figure 1.11 (below), self-rated health varied significantly by smoking status:19 only half of current smokers reported “excellent” or “very good” health, compared to 60% of former smokers and 70% of never smokers.

 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.

  Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.The same pattern was observed among both males and females, with little variation from the overall estimates shown above in Figure 1.11 (data not shown).

Self-rated health varied by age; however, within each age group, a significantly lower proportion of current smokers reported “excellent” or “very good” health, compared to non-smokers20-24 (Figure 1.12).