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Reasons for quitting smoking

When recent (past year) quitters were asked about their main reason for quitting smoking, two-thirds (66.6%a) cited health. This figure increased to 71.6% when pregnancy or a baby in the household (i.e., health of a child) was included (Figure 6.25). Few smokers (8.2%b) cited the cost of cigarettes as their main reason to quit. One in five (20.2%c) cited some other reason.

Reasons to quit by sex

 Percentage of recent quitters whose main reason to quit was health or pregnancy/baby, overall and by sex, 2015. Data source: Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2015. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.Health or a pregnancy or baby in the household was the main reason to quit cited by the majority of recent quitters among both males (59.7%) and females (80.3%) (Figure 6.25). More females cited health alone (72.4%d) than males (58.8%e); this difference was not statistically significant.64

Reasons to quit by age

 Percentage of recent quitters whose main reason to quit was health or pregnancy/baby, by age group, 2015. *Age groups 15-19 and 20-24 were combined due to low numbers. Data source: Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2015. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.The percentage of recent quitters who cited health or pregnancy as a reason for quitting appeared to be lower among young people, although age group differences were not statistically significant65 (Figure 6.26).


95% confidence intervals for in-text estimates

a: 66.6 [54.0-79.2]
b: 8.2 [2.4-14.1]
c: 20.2 [8.9-31.6]
d: 72.4 [56.6-88.1]
e: 58.8 [39.7-77.9]