Quitting behaviours and outcomes

The majority (70.6%) of Canadians who have ever been smokers have now quit. Figure 5.1 shows the percentage of respondents who have ever smoked, including both current and former smokers, as well as quitter percentage (the percentage of ever smokers who were former smokers at the time of survey) over time. Quitter percentage slowly increased between 1999 and 2005, and then remained around 60% for a number of years, before appearing to increase again in the most recent years.

Bar and line graph showing percentage of respondents who have ever smoked (current and former smokers), and quitter percentage from 1999 to 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.


Nearly 8 million Canadians are former smokers.