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British Columbia

Smoking prevalence

 $104.96In 2015, smoking prevalence in British Columbia was 10.2%, below the national average of 13.0%, and the lowest of all provinces.

Figure 2.3 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in British Columbia from 1999-2015. Overall, prevalence appeared to slowly decline during this time, although little progress was made throughout 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; Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013, 2015. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.


Figure 2.4 shows smoking prevalence by age group in British Columbia, from 1999-2015. During this time period, there was a net decrease in smoking prevalence in all age groups, despite fluctuations; this decrease was largest among the younger age groups, and smallest among those over 45. Declines have slowed in most age groups in the most recent years.

 Current smoking prevalence* by age group, British Columbia, 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 British Columbia appears to have slightly decreased overall (Figure 2.5). Cigarette consumption was higher among males than females in all years, but with some year-to-year variation in the size of this difference.

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