Sources of cigarettes for students in Grades 7-9
In 2018-19, when smokers in grades 7-9 were asked where they usually got their cigarettes, most reported obtaining them from social sources. More than one-quarter of smokers usually asked someone to buy cigarettes for them, and nearly as many bought them from a friend or someone else. Three in ten reported being given cigarettes by a friend, family member or someone else, or taking them from a family member (Figure 8.1).
Figure 8.1 data table with 95% confidence intervals
|Buy them myself at a store||10.5 [5.8-15.1]|
|Buy from a friend||16.8 [11.9-21.7]|
|Buy from someone else||5.4 [3.3-7.6]|
|Ask someone to buy them for me||26.7 [20.4-32.9]|
|Given by a sibling or parent||7.4 [4.7-10.2]|
|Given by a friend or someone else||17.0 [11.4-22.7]|
|Take them from parent or sibling||4.9 [2.6-7.2]|
*Current smoker: smoked 100+ cigarettes in lifetime and smoked in the past 30 days.
NOTE: Some categories have been combined: “My brother or sister gives them to me” and “My mother or father gives them to me”; “A friend gives them to me” and “Someone else gives them to me”; “I buy them from a First Nation reserve (i.e. delivery service)” and “I buy them on a First Nation reserve” included with “Other”.
Data source: Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2018-19.
Note: Sources of cigarettes among older youth were reported in previous editions, but are not included on the CTNS.