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Smoking prevalence

 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013; Youth Smoking Survey, 2012-13. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.In 2012-13, the smoking rate among students in Grades 6-9 was 1.9% overall, although it varied substantially by grade from too low to report to 4.2%. Among adolescents aged 15-19, 10.7% were current smokers in 2013, again with substantial variation by age, from 4.6% among 15- and 16-year-olds to 18.5% of 19-year-olds. Daily smoking accounted for about half of smoking among youth, increasing with age (Figure 8.1).

Smoking prevalence among students in Grades 6-9 remained fairly steady throughout the 2000s, at less than half of the 1994 rate. Prevalence did not decrease significantly between 2010-11 and 2012-13, overall74 or for daily75 or non-daily smoking76 (Figure 8.2).


Among youth aged 15-19, smoking prevalence declined steadily from 1999 to 2003, where it remained at around 18% until 2005, before dropping to around 15% for the next few years and then beginning to decline again around 2009 (Figure 8.2). Between 2012 and 2013, there was no significant change in overall,77 daily,78 or non-daily79 smoking prevalence. In previous years, most of the decline in smoking observed among 15- to 19-year-olds appears to be due to decreasing daily smoking.

 Current smoking prevalence (daily and non-daily), grades 6-9 and age 15-19, 1994-2013. Current daily/non-daily smoker and smoked in past 30 days . Data sources: Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, 1999-2012; Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013; Youth Smoking Survey, 1994, 2002, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.