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Use of pharmacotherapy

E-cigarettes have recently gained attention as a potential cessation aid. In 2013, of those current and former smokers who had made a quit attempt in the past year, 22.9% reported using an e-cigarette as a cessation aid in the past two years.

For further information on e-cigarettes, please refer to the Special Supplement: E-cigarettes in Canada.

Use of pharmacotherapy

​The most recent data available on the use of pharmacotherapies are from the 2012 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS). Estimates of stop-smoking medication use from the 2003 to 2012 waves of CTUMS are shown below in Figure 6.25. In the most recent year with data, 2012, nearly half (44.2%) of those who attempted to quit had used some kind of stop-smoking medication (SSM). From 2003 to 2012, use of the nicotine patch, the most popular SSM, decreased somewhat (from 33% to 26%), while use of nicotine gum fluctuated around one in five (Figure 6.25). Zyban use declined substantially between 2003 and 2008, but then increased rapidly back to 2003 levels and has remained there throughout the most recent years.

 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey 2003-2012. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.