Per capita tobacco consumption falls 9% in 2002

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Per capita tobacco consumption falls 9% in 2002

January 29, 2003

Statistics Canada today released 2002 year-end tobacco sales data.  The news is very good.  Per capita consumption fell 9%.  Various factors would have contributed to this impressive decline including tobacco tax increases, the new package warnings, restrictions on advertising and promotion, ETS restrictions, government mass media campaigns, and other initiatives.

There is a cumulative six-year decline, 1997-2002 as compared to 1996, of 23.2%.  1996 was the year prior to the federal Tobacco Act coming into force.

This per capita data complements prevalence data provided through CTUMS surveys for the Canadian population aged 15+. Here is the rounded off data for current prevalence:

2002 (first half)    21%
2001                   22%
2000                   24%
1999                   25%

YEAR

# of CIGS
('000)

FINE CUT (g)
('000)

TOTAL
('000)

POPULATION
(age 15+,  '000)

PER CAPITA

YEAR to YEAR

  2002

  38,201,909

  4,063,626

  42,265,535

   25,481

  1,659

  -9.45%

  2001

  42,300,873

  3,828,979

  46,129,852

   25,182

  1,832

  -3.7%

  2000

  43,442,938

  3,926,802

  47,369,740

   24,893

  1,903

  -5.1%

  1999

  45,121,386

  4,151,928

  49,273,314

   24,582

  2,004

  -2.2%

  1998

  45,613,257

  4,183,810

  49,797,067

   24,290

  2,050

  -0.6%

  1997

  45,520,274

  3,969,216

  49,489,490

   24,002

  2,062

  -4.6%

  1996

  47,117,904

  4,050,144

  51,168,048

   23,680

  2,161

 

Note: In the table above, 1g of fine cut is considered to be one cigarette, the traditional equivalency.  If an equivalency of 0.7g were to be used, the 2002 decline would be 9.0%, and the six year decline 22.7%.

 

 

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