Peg Report 18: Winnipeg's smoking rate at its lowest in ten years

 January 17-23 is National Non-Smoking week. What does Peg tell us about smoking rates in Winnipeg? Peg tells us...

  • In 2014, fewer Winnipeggers smoked than at any point in the past ten years.
  • 16.1% of Winnipeggers self-identified as smokers in 2014, compared to 22.4% in 2003.

The facts are:

  • Despite some year to year fluctuations, Winnipeg has seen an overall decrease in its smoking rate over the last ten years. 
  • During this period, the highest rate was in 2008 at 23.3%, while the lowest rate was in 2014 at 16.1%. 
  • Winnipeg has been below the national average for the past five years. In 2014, 16.1% of Winnipeggers smoked vs. 18.1% of Canadians.


  • The smoking rate measures the percentage of people who self-report on the Canadian Community Health Survey as "a daily smoker," "an occasional daily smoker who previously was a daily smoker", or "always an occasional smoker". 

Why does this matter?

  • Smoking is an important health indicator, given that smoking is the leading cause of premature death in Canada, and accounts for between 6% and 15% of total annual healthcare costs in high-income countries (Statistics Canada, 2012). 

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