Sources of cigarettes for students in Grades 6-9
In 2012-13, when smokers in Grades 6-9 were asked where they usually got their cigarettes, most reported obtaining them from social sources. One third of smokers usually asked someone to buy cigarettes for them, or bought them from a friend or someone else. Nearly as many reported being given cigarettes by a friend, family member or someone else, or taking them from a family member. Approximately one in four smokers reported usually purchasing cigarettes from a store themselves (Figure 9.1).
Figure 9.1 data table with 95% confidence intervals
|Buy myself at a store||27.8 [15.8-39.7]|
|Buy from a friend or someone else||11.7 [7.4-15.9]|
|Ask someone to buy them for me||22.3 [13.6-31.1]|
|Given by/take from sibling or parent||16.4 [12.1-20.6]|
|Given by a friend/someone else||11.5 [6.8-16.2]|
*Current smoker = smoked 100+ cigarettes in lifetime and smoked in the past 30 days
Data source: Youth Smoking Survey, 2012-13
Sources of cigarettes for 15- to 18-year-olds
The legal age to purchase cigarettes is 19 in most provinces, with the exception of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec, where the legal purchase age is 18. In the age group 15-18, most of the smokers surveyed would be underage for purchasing cigarettes.
In 2013, when smokers aged 15-18 were asked where they usually got their cigarettes, four in 10 reported purchasing them from a retail source, primarily small grocery/convenience stores and gas stations (Figure 9.2). Nearly half reported being given cigarettes or taking them from another person, including friends, family and others. A substantial percentage (16.1%) reported getting cigarettes from “other” sources, which included First Nations reserves and purchasing from friends.
Figure 9.2 data table with 95% confidence intervals
|Buy from small grocery/convenience/other store*||32.2 [23.2-41.2]|
|Buy from gas station||7.5 [3.9-11.2]|
|Get free from family/ friend/ someone else||44.2 [34.8-53.6]|
NOTE: Some categories have been combined due to low numbers: “Buy from small grocery/convenience store” also includes “Supermarket” and “Another kind of store”; “Get free from family/friend/someone else” includes being given by family/friend/someone else or taking from family; “Other” includes “Buy from a First Nations reserve”, “Buy from friend”, and “Other”.
Data source: Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2013