Tobacco consumption declining faster in Canada than in the US

Am J Public Health. 1991 Jul;81(7):902-4. doi: 10.2105/ajph.81.7.902.


Consumption and prices of tobacco products in Canada and the United States are compared over the period 1981 to 1989. In Canada, consumption has fallen from a higher level and at a faster rate than in the United States (3.52 kg/adult to 2.48 kg/adult vs 3.21 kg/adult to 2.48 kg/adult). With respect to cost, the real tobacco price index in Canada has grown faster than its US counterpart. These results are attributed to higher taxation practices, vigorous legislation, and the leadership role adopted by the Canadian government during the 1980s.

MeSH terms

  • Advertising
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Inflation, Economic
  • Leadership
  • Public Policy*
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Taxes
  • United States / epidemiology