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Reasons for quitting smoking

When recent (past year) quitters were asked about their main reason for quitting smoking, three-quarters (75.7%) cited health. This figure increased to 82.9% when pregnancy or a baby in the household (i.e., health of a child) was included (Figure 6.26). Few smokers cited the cost of cigarettes as their main reason to quit, and 13.4% 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, 2013. Data source: Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 2013. 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 more than eight out of 10 recent quitters among both males (83.6%) and females (81.6%) (Figure 6.26). Although fewer females cited health alone (64.6%) than males (82.1%), this difference was not statistically significant.63    

Reasons to quit by age

 Percentage of recent quitters whose main reason to quit was health or pregnancy/baby, by age group, 2013. *Age groups 15-19 and 20-24 were combined due to low numbers. Data source: Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 2013. 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 increase with age, although age group differences were not statistically significant64 (Figure 6.27). Approximately seven out of 10 youth and young adults cited health or pregnancy as a main reason to quit smoking, compared to nearly nine out of 10 recent quitters age 45 and over.