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Smoking prevalence by sex

 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013; Youth Smoking Survey, 2012-13. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.Smoking prevalence was not significantly different between males and females among students in Grades 6-9 in 2012-13.80 However, among youth aged 15-19, in 2013, significantly more males than females smoked81 (Figure 8.5).

Over time, among 15- to 19-year-olds, prevalence patterns have shifted from higher female smoking prevalence up until 2005, to greater percentages of males smoking in the most recent years (Figure 8.6).

Among students in Grades 6-9, the same general pattern was observed, although with much smaller differences between the sexes: females had slightly higher smoking rates from 1994 to 2004-05, and then males had slightly higher rates in the following waves, largely equalizing in the most recent waves (Figure 8.6).

 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.