Bar chart showing percentage of respondents who have ever smoked (current and former smokers), and quitter percentage, among males and females, in 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.In 2020, quitter percentages among males (68.8%) and females (72.7%) did not differ significantly.24 However, a greater percentage of males had ever smoked,25 and were current smokers26 (Figure 5.2).  

Similar patterns have been observed since 1999; while smoking rates (both current and ever) were higher among males, similar percentages of both male and female ever-smokers had quit  (Figure 5.3; Figure 5.4).

Among males, quitter percentage appears to have risen steadily until 2008, after which there was a slight downturn for a few years before once again increasing (Figure 5.3). Among females, quitter percentage appears to have risen fairly steadily since 1999, though with a dip in 2017 (Figure 5.4).

 

Bar and line graph showing percentage of males 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.Bar and line graph showing percentage of females 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.