Quitting smoking

The majority (63.1%) of Canadians who have ever been smokers have now quit. 

More than half (57.9%) of current smokers were seriously considering quitting in the next 6 months; over one-quarter (26.9%) were considering quitting in the next month. 

  • The percentages of males and females who were seriously considering quitting smoking were not significantly different, for quitting in the next 6 months or in the next 30 days.
  • Intentions to quit in the next 6 months did not differ significantly by age group. However, the percentage of smokers considering quitting smoking in the next 30 days did vary by age group, and was lowest among adults aged 25 to 34.

Almost half (46.2%) of smokers had tried to quit in the past year. Nearly one-third (31.3%) had tried more than once. 

  • Similar proportions of males and females had made a quit attempt in the past year. 
  • Quit attempts did not differ significantly by age group.

Among respondents who had made a quit attempt in the past year, 12.3% were still abstinent from smoking at the time they were surveyed.

Two-thirds of smokers who attempted to quit in the past two years used some form of cessation assistance. 

  • 30.8% used nicotine replacement therapy.
  • 14.7% used stop-smoking medications such as Zyban, Wellbutrin, or Champix.
  • One-third (32.4%) used e-cigarettes.
  • Nearly one-quarter (23.2%) “made a deal with friends or family to quit smoking together.”
  • Approximately 7% used a telephone quitline.

Over half (55.9%) of smokers who visited a doctor in the past year received advice to quit. 
    
Two-thirds of recent quitters cited health as their main reason for quitting smoking.