Susceptibility to smoking

Although current smoking rates were 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.xii

Overall, 30.5% of never-smokers in Grades 6-9 were classified as susceptible to smoking* in 2012-13, which was not significantly different from in 2010-11.71 Similar percentages of males (30.5%) and females (30.6%) 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.