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Source: Statistics Canada

Geographical Area: Canada (excluding territories) and provinces

Unit of Measurement: Percentage

The table below contains more information regarding the indicator.

Indicator name

Prevalence of cigarette smoking

Target

By 2035, less than 5% of Canadians (aged 15+) are cigarette smokers

Indicator description

This indicator measures the percentage of Canadians who are current cigarette smokers.

Geographical coverage

Canada (excluding territories) and provinces

Unit of measurement

Percentage

Calculations

Total number of smokers (occassional and daily) aged 12 years old and over divided by total population aged 12 years old and over.

Daily smoker refers to those who reported smoking cigarettes every day. Occasional smoker refers to those who reported smoking cigarettes occasionally. This includes former daily smokers who now smoke occasionally.

Comments and limitations

Due to data availability, the indicator currently only measures the proportion of Canadians aged 12 years old and over who are cigarette smokers as opposed to ones aged 15 years old and over. The indicator does not take into account the number of cigarettes smoked.

The indicator covers the population 12 years of age and over living in the ten provinces. Excluded from the survey's coverage are: persons living on reserves and other Aboriginal settlements; the institutionalized population, and children aged 12-17 that are living in foster care.

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