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Smoking and self-rated health

CTADS respondents were asked to rate their own health. As shown in Figure 1.11, self-rated health varied significantly by smoking status:19 only around half (51%a) of current smokers reported “excellent” or “very good” health, compared to 57%b of former smokers and 69%c of never smokers.

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

a: 51.4 [47.1-55.6]
b: 56.8 [53.6-60.1]
c: 68.9 [66.8-70.9]

 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2015. 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-smokers.20-24 (Figure 1.12).