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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 2012-13 and 2014-1571 (Note: comparisons with the earliest survey years are not possible due to question changes). From 1994 to 2014-15, the percentage of never-smokers who were susceptible to smoking increased with grade level up to grade 8: for example, in 2014-15, 23.8% of students in grade 6 were susceptible, while 34.2% of grade 8 and 35.0% of grade 9 students were susceptible (Figure 7.5). Susceptibility among grade 9 students was similar 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 sources: 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.