Quitting smoking

The majority (70.6%) of Canadians who have ever been smokers have now quit.

Almost half (44.5%) of smokers had tried to quit in the past year. Nearly one-third (31.8%) 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, 15.4% were still abstinent from smoking at the time they were surveyed.

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

  • 31.8% used nicotine replacement therapy.
  • 26.5% used e-cigarettes.
  • One in eight (12.5%) “made a deal with friends or family to quit smoking together".