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British Columbia

Smoking prevalence

In 2013, smoking prevalence in British Columbia was 11.4%, below the national average of 14.6%, and the lowest of all provinces.

Figure 2.3 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in British Columbia from 1999-2013. Overall, prevalence declined slowly during this time, although little or no progress was made during much of the 2000s. Males had similar or greater prevalence than females in all years observed, although with year-to-year variation.

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


Figure 2.4 shows smoking prevalence by age group in British Columbia, from 1999-2012. During this time period, there was a net decrease in smoking prevalence (despite fluctuations) in all age groups; this decrease was largest among the youngest age groups, and smallest among those over 45. Prevalence has not decreased in the most recent years, among most age groups.

 Current smoking prevalence* by age group, British Columbia, 1999-2013. *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. Data source: Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, 1999-2012; Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.