THIS SITE

Ever smoking - Grades 6-9

In 2014-15, the majority (91.9%a) of students surveyed in grades 6-9 had never tried smoking cigarettes, ranging from 97.4%b in grade 6 to 84.5%c in grade 9. However, 8.1%d of students overall had tried smoking. Figure 7.1 (below) provides a breakdown of the smoking status of these students.

 smoked 100+ cigarettes in lifetime and has not smoked at all in the last 30 days; Beginner/Experimenter: smoked ≥1 whole cigarette and has smoked in the last 30 days; Past experimenter: smoked ≥1 whole cigarette and has not smoked at all in the last 30 days; Puffer: tried a few puffs, but never smoked a whole cigarette. Data source: Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2014-15. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.

In 2014-15, the percentages of male (8.4%e) and female (7.8%f) students in grades 6-9 who had tried smoking cigarettes were not significantly different.66


The overall percentage of students in grades 6-9 who had ever tried smoking dropped substantially between 1994 and 2002, and then remained fairly stable throughout the 2000s before declining again in recent waves; prevalence of ever smoking decreased significantly between 2012-13 and 2014-1567 (Figure 7.2). The percentage of students who had tried smoking a cigarette increased with grade level: in 2014-15, just 2.6%g of students in grade 6 had tried smoking, compared to 15.5%h of grade 9 students.

 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.


 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2014-15. 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 province68 (Figure 7.3). For example, just 3.9% of youth in Ontario had tried smoking, while more than triple that (13.8%) in Quebec had tried.

Note that there are no provincial estimates reported for New Brunswick, as the province did not have a generalizable sample of students in the 2014-15 CSTADS.


95% confidence intervals for in-text estimates 

a: 91.9 [90.3-93.5]
b: 97.4 [96.8-98.0]
c: 84.5 [80.9-88.1]
d: 8.1 [6.5-9.7]
e: 8.4 [6.5-10.3]
f: 7.8 [6.4-9.3]
g: 2.6 [2.0-3.2]
h: 15.5 [11.9-19.1]