Smoking prevalence

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In 2017, smoking prevalence in Nova Scotia was 18.5%, well above the national average of 15.1%.

Figure 2.24 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in Nova Scotia from 1999-2017. Prevalence decreased fairly steeply for the first five years, before reaching a plateau for quite some time, and then becoming more variable in the most recent years. Prevalence estimates were greater among males than females in all years observed, although only slightly in several instances; it appears that sex differences may be increasing in the most recent survey years.

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

Cigarette consumption

Between 1999 and 2017, while average daily cigarette consumption in Nova Scotia appears to have decreased overall, there was a substantial uptick in the most recent year (Figure 2.26). Male smokers consumed more cigarettes per day than female smokers in all years, with some variation in magnitude.

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.