Smoking prevalence

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In 2017, smoking prevalence in Ontario was 12.9%, below the national average of 15.1%.

Figure 2.15 (below) shows smoking prevalence, overall and by sex, in Ontario from 1999-2017. During this time, while overall prevalence decreased substantially, there were several periods of little change. Prevalence estimates were greater among males than females in all years observed; however, the magnitude of this difference varied widely from year to year, from similar rates to a difference of 10 percentage points.

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

Cigarette consumption

Between 1999 and 2017, average daily cigarette consumption in Ontario remained fairly stable and even appeared to decline slightly in recent years (Figure 2.17). Cigarette consumption was higher among males in all years, although the magnitude of this difference varied from year to year.

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.