Smoking prevalence

 $101.65.In 2017, smoking prevalence in Alberta was 18.9%, well above the national average of 15.1%.

Figure 2.6 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in Alberta from 1999-2017. Prevalence has declined substantially overall, although little progress was made for several years around the mid-2000s or in the most recent survey years. Males had similar or greater prevalence compared to females in most of the years observed.

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

Figure 2.7 shows smoking prevalence by age group in Alberta, from 1999-2017. During this time, there was a net decrease in smoking prevalence in all age groups. However, declines in smoking were particularly steep among youth and young adults, with less change among older age groups.

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

Cigarette consumption

Between 1999 and 2017, average daily cigarette consumption in Alberta fluctuated around 15 for many years, but appears to have decreased slightly overall (Figure 2.8). Male smokers consumed 3-4 cigarettes more per day than female smokers in most years.

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.