In 2017, almost 5 million people, representing 15.1% of the population of Canada 15 years and older, continued to smoke. Based on data contained in the 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS), the prevalence of smoking in Newfoundland and Labrador currently stands at 20%.
Currently, in Newfoundland and Labrador:
- 15-19 years: Current smokers – 10%
- 20-24 years: Current smokers – 24%
- 25+ years: Current smokers – 20.4%
- 45+ years: Current smokers – 19.6%
- 13% to 27% of women use tobacco during pregnancy, and women under 25 are more likely to report that they smoke regularly while pregnant.
In addition, according to CTADS, 21% of males aged 15+ in Newfoundland and Labrador are current smokers while 18.5% of females aged 15+ are current smokers.
Smoking doesn’t just cost the smoker – it costs employers too!
According to “Up In Smoke” by the Conference Board of Canada, smoking costs both the smoker and their employers a lot of money each year. A pack a day smoker can spend up to $3500 a year on their addiction while employers can pay up to $4000 per smoking employee each year.