The percentage of recent daily or occasional smokers aged 20 or older who reported quitting smoking in the past two years and no longer smoke. Results are presented by province/territory, age group and sex using data from the 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey.
The 2009 Cancer System Performance Report.
Every two years.
Why measure this?
Smoking causes an estimated 30% of all cancer deaths.1, 2 Evidence has shown that cancer mortality can be significantly reduced by getting tobacco users to quit.3 Reporting on smoking cessation rates across the country enables the monitoring of progress in tobacco control. In addition, analyzing smoking prevalence alongside cessation rates allows for assessment of the impact of prevention efforts and for the identification of opportunities for focused cessation strategies.
What are the key findings?
Self-reported smoking cessation rates ranged from 13.0% in Yukon to 23.0% in British Columbia in 2014 (Figure 1.4).
Smoking cessation rates were slightly higher in females than in males and were highest among individuals aged 20–34 and aged 65 and older (Figure 1.5).
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