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Susceptibility to smoking by grade

Susceptibility to smoking among never-smoking students in Grades 6-9 did not change significantly between 2010-11 and 2012-13.71 

(Note: comparisons with the earliest survey years are not possible due to question changes) (Figure 7.5).

The percentage of never-smokers who were susceptible to smoking increased with grade level up to Grade 8: for example, in 2012-13, 25.0% of students in Grade 6 were susceptible, while 33.2% of Grade 8 students were susceptible. Susceptibility among Grade 9 students was the same or lower than among Grade 8 students in all years.

 “Have you ever seriously thought about trying smoking?” and “Do you think you might try smoking within the next month?”; others were classified as susceptible. Data source: Youth Smoking Survey, 1994, 2002, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.