Statistics Canada furnished with data that smoking rates have significantly decreased in the last 10 years, with dramatic drops in the rate of youth smoking people.
The decline on the smoking rate appeared as the federal government introduced its obligatory
new graphic labels on packaging for cigarettes and small cigars.
Few rows of cigarettes
According to the data, in 2011, one in five Canadians at the age of 12 and older, that is approximately 5.8 million people, used cigarettes or cigars occasionally or every day. The statistics agency informs that in 2001 the smoking arte was 25.9 per cent.Rates among
smoking teenagers at the age of 15 to 17 decreased from 20.8 % to 9.4 %. As for young people aged 18 to 19 the smoking rate fell from 1 in 3 to 1 in 5.
The capital of Canada is going on its measures to urge smokers to stop smoking with strict packaging rules, which became obligatory for retailers as of today.
The new warning labels must cover three-quarters of cigarette packages and consists of pictures of an emaciated and of a cancer-infected mouth, cancer-stricken Barb Tarbox.
Ms. Tarbox was an anti-smoking activist and died of lung cancer aged 42. Her story is described in the new packaging, which was revealed last year.
Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, said that they continue to prevent people from smoking and starting this habit informing Canadians, particularly teenagers, about the hazards of smoking.
A Canadian quitline and website address is as well featured on the new tobacco packs.
The new data show that fewer and fewer people continue
smoking or start take up cigarettes.
About 4.4 million smokers out of 5.8 million used cigarettes daily in 2011, and the rate of heavy smokers is decreasing.
In 2011, 23.5 % of men, being heavy smokers, smoked every day. A decade ago smoking rate was 30.9 %. As for women, the rate dropped from 20.3 % to 14.2 %.
Nevertheless, the light daily
smoking rate, that is nearly 14 cigarettes per day, rose for both sexes, although the habit was more pronounced for women.
Generally, the average number of smoked-per-day cigarettes dropped from 17 in 2001 to 15 in 2011.
Exposure to passive smoke has been halved, the data show.
The proportion of non-smoking people at the age of 12 and older who were constantly exposed to passive smoke at home decreased from 10.6 % in 2003 to 5.5 % in 2011.