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Ever smoking - Grades 6-9

In 2012-13, the majority (86.5%) of students surveyed in Grades 6-9 had never tried smoking cigarettes, ranging from 96.6% in Grade 6 to 76.0% in Grade 9. However, 13.5% of students overall had tried smoking. Figure 7.1 (below) provides a breakdown of the smoking status of these students.

In 2012-13, a higher percentage of male students (14.8%) had tried smoking cigarettes, compared to females (12.2%) in Grades 6-9.65

 Youth Smoking Survey, 2012-13. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.


The overall percentage of students in Grades 6-9 who had ever tried smoking dropped drastically between 1994 and the early 2000s; since then, there appears to have been an overall decrease, although the difference between 2010-11 and 2012-13 was not significant66 (Figure 7.2). The percentage of students who had tried smoking a cigarette increased with grade level: in 2012-13, just 3.4% of students in Grade 6 had tried smoking, compared to 24.0% of Grade 9 students.

 Youth Smoking Survey, 1994, 2002, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.


  Youth Smoking Survey, 2012-13. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.The percentage of students in Grades 6-9 who had ever tried smoking a cigarette varied significantly by province67 (Figure 7.3). For example, just 8.4% of youth in British Columbia had tried smoking, while nearly triple that (24.4%) in Quebec had tried.

Note that there are no provincial estimates for Manitoba for the 2012-13 YSS, as the province declined participation.