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Smoking prevalence

 $98.19In 2015, smoking prevalence in Alberta was 15.8%, above the national average of 13.0%.

Figure 2.6 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in Alberta from 1999-2015. Prevalence has declined substantially overall, although little progress was made for several years around the mid-2000s. Males had similar or greater prevalence compared to females in most of the years observed.

 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, 1999-2012; Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013, 2015. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.

Figure 2.7 shows smoking prevalence by age group in Alberta, from 1999-2015. During this time, smoking prevalence decreased substantially in all age groups except those over 45, for whom less change in prevalence was observed. Declines in smoking were particularly steep among young people.

 Current smoking prevalence* by age group, Alberta, 1999-2015. *Includes daily and non-daily smokers. #Caution: These estimates do not meet Statistics Canada's quality standards. Conclusions based on these data will be unreliable, and most likely invalid. ! Estimate suppressed due to unacceptable quality. Data Sources: Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, 1999-2012; Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013, 2015. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.

Cigarette consumption

Between 1999 and 2015, average daily cigarette consumption in Alberta fluctuated around 15, 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.

 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, 1999-2012; Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013, 2015. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.