Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) results for 2019 were released last week on Thursday August 6, 2020.

There was a decrease in current smoking from 15.8% in 2018 to 14.8% in 2019, while daily smoking decreased from 10.9% in 2018 to 10.0% in 2019.  These are the lowest smoking prevalence rates ever recorded by CCHS.

Current smoking in 2019 was 17.3% among males and 12.3% among females.

Daily smoking in 2019 was 11.5% among males and 8.4% among females.

Here are trends in current and daily smoking from CCHS Canada-wide:

Current                   Daily

26%        2001       21.5%

23%        2003       18%

22%        2005       17%

22%        2007       17%

21%        2008       17%

20%        2009       16%

21%        2010       16%

20%        2011       15%

20%        2012       15.5%

19%        2013       14%

18%        2014       13.5%

18%        2015       13%

17%        2016       12%

16%        2017       12%

15.8%    2018        10.9%

14.8%    2019        10.0%

Here is 2019 current smoking prevalence by province (data for territories was not included in the 2019 results released today; the data for the territories below is from the average over two years, 2017 and 2018)

11%        BC

14%        ON

15%        MB

15%        CAN

15.5%     AB

16%        NB

16%        PEI

17%        SK

17%        QC

18%        NS

19.5%     NL

20%        YT (2017-18)

35%        NWT (2017-18)

63%        NU (2017-18)

More information regarding CCHS can be obtained from Statistics Canada data tables available at the following links:

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=1310009601

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