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HSI Health Data Blog: Health Behaviours – Smoking

Smoking is an independent risk factor for several diseases that affect a great many Canadians, and the associated health costs have long posed a significant burden on Canadian health systems and the economy more broadly. Compared to the previous decade, fewer Canadians are smoking now and fewer people have taken up the habit in recent years. However there is still some reason for concern in that the proportion of Canadians giving up smoking has remained relatively stagnant since the beginning of this century.

Smoking is on the decline in Canada. In 2011-12, 20.0% of respondents to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) indicated that they were either daily or occasional smokers, compared to 25.9% in 2000-01 – a decrease of 22.8% in the span of a decade. When only daily smokers are considered, this decline is even steeper, with the proportion of respondents identifying as daily smokers dropping from 21.5% in 2000-01 to 15.2% in 2011-12 – a decrease of 29.3%.

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1 May 2014