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Smoking prevalence by sex

 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2015; Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2014-15. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.Smoking prevalence was the same for male and female students in grades 6-9 in 2014-15, although exact estimates are suppressed due to unacceptable quality.80 Similarly, among youth aged 15-19, smoking prevalence did not differ significantly between males and females in 201581 (Figure 8.5).

Over time, among 15- to 19-year-olds, prevalence patterns have shifted from higher female smoking prevalence (from 1999 until the mid-2000s), to a greater percentage of males smoking for most of the last decade (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, followed by slightly higher rates among males, but equalizing in the most recent waves (Figure 8.6).

 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, 1999-2012; Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013, 2015; Youth Smoking Survey, 1994, 2002, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13; Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2014-15. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.