Canadians and their cigarettes: It seems some just don’t want to quit. Statistics Canada reports today that the number of smokers in Canada aged 15 and over has remained stagnant since 2005.
On one hand, that’s good news because fewer new smokers are lighting up. But the downside, according to public health experts, is that efforts to further reduce smoking rates in Canada haven’t had much success. Overall, smoking rates across Canada have been dropping steadily in recent decades, but those declines have slowed or stopped in recent years.
Some experts are particularly concerned about the trends among young Canadians. About 13 per cent of young people between ages 15 and 19 identified themselves as smokers in the Statistics Canada study, which was conducted in 2009. In 2006, that number was 15 per cent.
But adults aren’t faring much better. The overall smoking rate among Canadians aged 15 and over was 18 per cent in 2009, virtually unchanged since 2005.