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Results - 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 

Nov 9, 2018

Results - 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 

Health Canada has released the results of the 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS). CTADS is a general population survey of tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadians aged 15 and older.

Statistics Canada conducted the survey on behalf of Health Canada by interviewing more than 16,000 Canadians between February and December 2017.

The results indicate an increase in cannabis use among adults aged 25 and older, reaffirming the importance of continued public education efforts to inform Canadians about the health and safety facts of cannabis use. The survey also found that there was an increase in the prevalence of cigarette smoking in Canada, and an increase in the number of Canadians who have tried an e-cigarette.

Among Canadians aged 15+, current smoking in 2017 was 15.1% (16.7% male, 13.5% female).  By comparison, in 2015, current smoking among Canadians 15+ was 13%.

Smoking prevalence per province/territory:
  • NL          20.0%
  • AB          18.9%
  • NS          18.4%
  • SK          17.8%
  • QU         15.7%
  • BC         15.6%
  • ON         12.9%
  • MB         14.5%
  • PE          11.8%
  • NB         13.7%
Read the news release from Health Canada.

View the results from the 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) 

Notable Statistics for New Brunswick

Smoking prevalence in NB continues to decrease and is now at 13.7%. The efforts of multiple partners are demonstrating positive change in the province!
New Brunswick has also seen a significant decrease between 2015 and 2017 in average cigarettes per day, daily smoker, aged 15+ from 15.5 to 12.8 per day.  In 2017, NB had the lowest youth (ages 15-19) current cigarette smoking of any jurisdiction in Canada (5.8%). The Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug survey is being administered in 2018-19 concurrent with the NB Student Wellness Survey so further details of youth substance use, as well as risk and protective factors, will be available next year.