Newfoundland & Labrador in 2020

  • Smoking prevalence: 14.8% (65 000 smokers) compared to 14.5% in 2019.
    • Males: estimate suppressed.
    • Females: estimate suppressed.
  • Average daily cigarette consumption: 13.3 cigarettes per day, compared to 11.1 in 2019.
  • Average price per carton (200 cig): $15.25.

Smoking prevalence

In 2020, smoking prevalence in Newfoundland and Labrador was 14.8%, well above the national average of 10.3%, and the highest among all provinces.

Figure 2.30 shows smoking prevalence, overall and among males and females, in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1999-2020. Overall prevalence decreased steadily until 2005 before plateauing for a decade, and then decreasing in the most recent waves. Prevalence estimates were higher among males than females in most years with available data, but similar in several instances.

Line graph showing current smoking prevalence among males and females in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1999 to 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

Line graph showing current smoking prevalence by age group in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1999 to 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

Cigarette consumption

Between 1999 and 2020, average daily cigarette consumption in Newfoundland & Labrador decreased overall, though with a sharp uptick in 2017, particularly among males (Figure 2.32). Male smokers consumed considerably more cigarettes per day than female smokers in all years with available data.

Line graph showing average daily cigarette consumption among males and females in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1999 to 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.