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Smoking prevalence

In 2013, smoking prevalence in Alberta was 16.0%, above the national average of 14.6%.

Figure 2.6 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in Alberta from 1999-2013. Prevalence has declined overall, although progress has slowed. 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. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.

Figure 2.7 shows smoking prevalence by age group in Alberta, from 1999-2012. During this time, smoking prevalence decreased substantially in all age groups except those over 45, for whom smoking prevalence remained between 15 and 20% in most years.

 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, 1999-2012; Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013. # caution: estimates from 2013 data in age group 15-19 does not meet Statistics Canada's quality standards. Conclusions based on these data will be unreliable, and most likely invalid. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.