Prevalence of e-cigarette use

In 2017, 15.4% of Canadians age 15 and older (4.6 million) reported having ever tried an e-cigarette, and 2.9% (~863,000) had used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. Prevalence of ever using e-cigarettes increased significantly between 2015 and 2017,122 while past 30-day use did not change significantly123 (Figure 12.1).

See data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

The past 30-day prevalence of using e-cigarettes was much lower than for smoking cigarettes, which 15.3%a of Canadians reported doing in the past 30 days. However, past 30-day prevalence of using e-cigarettes was greater than for other tobacco products, like cigarillos and cigars (see Figure 4.1).


Frequency of E-cigarette use

Daily use of e-cigarettes was reported by 1.0% (~292,000) of Canadians age 15 and older (Figure 12.1).

Of those who reported ever trying an e-cigarette, most were not current users: 81.4%b had not used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days, while 18.6%c had.

Of those who reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days, the mean number of days of use in the past 30 was 13.5d. Approximately one-third (33.9%)e used an e-cigarette every day, and 38.2%f reported using an e-cigarette on 20 or more days in the past 30 (including those who used one every day).


95% confidence intervals for in-text estimates

a: 15.3 [13.8-16.8]
b: 81.4 [77.7-85.0]
c: 18.6 [15.0-22.3]
d: 13.5 [10.9-16.0]
e: 33.9 [25.1-42.7]
f: 38.2 [29.0-47.4]