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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 88, Issue 4, pp 225–229 | Cite as

Smoking in Ontario, 1991 to 1996

  • Susan Jane BondyEmail author
  • Anca Ruxandra Ialomiteanu
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Abstract

Surveys by the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario have produced annual estimates on smoking prevalence since 1991. This report describes the three series of telephone surveys from which these data are drawn as well as future plans to monitor tobacco use in Ontario. In addition to provision of updated descriptive results, the methodology and limitations of the data are discussed. Prevalence data for 1996 are presented from the Ontario Drug Monitor, a telephone survey of Ontario adults (n=2721). The overall prevalence of smoking in Ontario was 27% (95% confidence interval: 25% to 29%); 23% smoked daily (95% confidence interval: 21% to 25%). There is no evidence of any decline in the prevalence of smoking since 1991, and no sex differences were found in smoking prevalence. Future reports will update trend data and provide robust regional estimates.

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Depuis 1991, les sondages de la Fondation de la Recherche sur la Toxicomanie de l’Ontario fournissent annuellement des estimés de la prévalence du tabagisme. Ce rapport décrit trois types de sondages téléphoniques, à partir desquels ces estimés ont été produits ainsi que les stratégies futures de surveillance épidémiologique en Ontario. L’estimé de la prévalence du tabagisme pour 1996 a été établi à partir de l’ODM (Ontario Drug Monitor), un sondage téléphonique représentatif de la population adulte onta-rienne (n=2721). En 1996, la prévalence du tabagisme en Ontario est de 27 % (intervalle de confiance de 95 %: 25 à 29 %) et de 23 % si l’on considère uniquement les fumeurs quotidiens (intervalle de confiance de 95 %: 21 à 25 %). Il n’y a pas de diminution évidente dans la prévalence du tabagisme depuis 1991. De plus, aucune différence significative n’a été observée dans la prévalence du tabagisme entre les hommes et les femmes. Les rapports futurs viendront actualiser ces données et fournir des estimés régionaux robustes.

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© The Canadian Public Health Association 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Jane Bondy
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Anca Ruxandra Ialomiteanu
    • 2
  1. 1.Social Evaluation and Research DepartmentAddiction Research FoundationCanada
  2. 2.Research DivisionAddiction Research FoundationCanada
  3. 3.Department of Public Health Sciences, Addiction Research Foundation of OntarioUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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