THIS SITE

Reasons for quitting smoking

When recent (past year) quitters were asked about their main reason for quitting smoking, two-thirds (66.6%) 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%) cited the cost of cigarettes as their main reason to quit. One in five (20.2%) 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%) than males (58.8%); 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).