The Decline of Smoking in Canada

Posted on August 17, 2011 in Health Policy Context

Source: — Authors: – news/Canada – By The Numbers
Posted: Jul 29, 2011.

The percentage of the Canadian population that smokes cigarettes has been dropping steadily since anti-smoking efforts began in earnest in the 1970s. In 1965, 49 per cent of Canadians over the age of 15 smoked. Sixty-one per cent of males smoked while 38 per cent of females indulged in the habit.

The latest Statistics Canada figures show smoking rates are fairly stable. In 2010, 20.8 per cent of Canadians aged 12 and over — about six million people — were smokers. Five years ago, there were 5.9 million smokers or 22 per cent of the population. In 2003, 23 per cent of Canadians aged 12 or older, smoked.

Canadian smokers at a glance

Smoking facts and figures

Source: Statistics Canada: Canadian Community Health Survey 2005, 2011

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