Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, attendees will be more familiar with former smokers; will be able to analyze surveillance data; and will be able to evaluate tobacco control interventions.
Abstract: The Canadian Tobacco Use Survey (CTUMS), which began in 1999, has been developed as an on-going national survey that collects timely, continuous and consistent data on tobacco use behaviour in Canada. CTUMS collects data twice each year on approximately 10,000 Canadians aged 15 and over, with an emphasis on those aged 15-24, approximately half the sample. CTUMS tracks smoking status and amount smoked, along with other indicators. Results from CTUMS , 2000, the last annually available survey, indicate that, for the first time in Canada, there were more former smokers than current smokers. Analysis of the data indicated that the average former smoker was a a male aged 51.5 years; who has smoked for 36 years; who has quit within the last 3.5 years; who is well educated and has a high income. The average female former smoker is aged 49 years; has smoked for 32 years; has quit within the last 3.5 years; is well educated and has a high income. In addition, CTUMS data provide insight into smokers' level of addiction, desire to quit and quit behaviour. These data will be discussed.
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