Tobacco Usage

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in Alberta. Despite years of public education campaigns, smoke-free legislation, tax increases, advertising restrictions, warnings
on cigarette packages, restrictions on the sale of tobacco, almost 18.8% – 559,300 Albertans – are still smoking.
  • There are more than half a million cigarette smokers in Alberta.
  • Studies have found smokers increase their chances of successfully stopping smoking by 20 to 70 percent by getting quit smoking support counselling.
  • Most smokers are not aware of the powerful tools available to help them quit.
  • Smoking is linked to virtually all the major causes of death and disease in Canada.
  • Thousands of Albertans die every year from smoking-related illnesses. Thousands more are disabled by lung and heart diseases. And countless others suffer the consequences of second-hand smoke exposure.

See more provincial and national smoking statistics.