Although current smoking prevalence was fairly low among the youngest respondents, students may be susceptible to future smoking. Susceptibility to smoking is defined as “the absence of a firm decision not to smoke,” and can predict future smoking among youth.xv
Overall, 30.6%a of never-smokers in grades 6-9 were classified as susceptible to smoking* in 2014-15, which was not significantly different from in 2012-13.71 Similar percentages of males (31.5%) and females (29.7%) were susceptible to smoking.72
* Students were classified as NOT susceptible if they responded “definitely not” to the following three items: “Do you think in the future you might try smoking cigarettes?”, “If one of your best friends was to offer you a cigarette would you smoke it?”, and “At any time during the next year do you think you will smoke a cigarette?”; all other students were classified as susceptible.
a: 30.6 [28.9-32.3]