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Number of smokers declines

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The smoking rate measures the percentage of people aged 12 years and older who self-reported as either a daily smoker, occasional daily smoker who previously was a daily smoker or always an occasional smoker.

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The smoking rate measures the percentage of people aged 12 years and older who self-reported as either a daily smoker, occasional daily smoker who previously was a daily smoker or always an occasional smoker.

Way to go Winnipeg - there are 13 per cent fewer of you smoking now than 10 years ago.

That is one of the findings in data released by Peg, a local company that tallies studies on local community health and related issues, in conjunction with the United Way of Winnipeg, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance.

The groups came together to draw attention to the declining numbers of smokers in recognition of World No Tobacco Day on Saturday.

It can be seen in the data that the smoking rate in Winnipeg was 19.4 percent in 2012, which is slightly below the national rate of 20.4 percent at that time. With some year-to-year-fluctuations, the percentage of people smoking in Winnipeg has decreased overall in the past decade.

The smoking rate measures the percentage of people aged 12 years and older who self-reported as either a daily smoker, occasional daily smoker who previously was a daily smoker or always an occasional smoker.

The source of the data was Statistics Canada and a 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey.

Go to these links for more detailed information:

Health indicator profile

Current smoking trends

History

Updated on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM CDT: Adds chart.

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