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According to a national survey the number of Canadians who had been smoking tobacco has dropped slightly, media reports said.
The Canadian Community Health Survey released Wednesday stated smoking rate in Canada has dropped from 18.1 percent in 2014 to 17.7 percent in 2015.
This survey included people aged 12 and older (roughly 5.3 million people) who smoked either daily or occasionally in 2015.
The Statistics Canada survey showed the proportion of people who smoked daily or occasionally was higher among males at 20.4 percent, compared to 15 percent of females.
Smoking rates have steadily been falling in Canada. In 2000-01 as 26 percent of respondents to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) reported using tobacco.
"These decreases in smoking prevalence are encouraging, but an enormous amount of work remains to be done," said Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society, which is advocating that Health Canada mandate plain packaging for cigarettes and related products in its future tobacco control strategy, CBCNews reports said.
Smoking is a known risk factor for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic respiratory disease, and other health conditions.
Males aged 20 to 34 made up the largest proportion of tobacco users, with more than one in four reporting that they smoked.
Tobacco use was least common among youth aged 12 to 17, with about four percent reporting they smoked in 2015, followed by adults 65 or older, at almost 10 percent.
Of the non-smokers, almost 45 percent were lifetime abstainers, while about one in five were former daily smokers.
According o Statistics Canada if people have not started smoking and remian or non- smokers till age 20 gives an Indicator of future smoking rates.
Reporting by Asha Bajaj
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