Youth Smoking Survey
Detailed information for 1994
The purpose of the survey is to provide information and estimates of adolescent smoking behaviour and attitudes towards tobacco use in Canada. The information will also serve to reinforce the assessments to the Tobacco Act and the Tobacco Products Control Act.
Data release - March 8, 1996
The purpose of the survey is to provide information and estimates of adolescent smoking behaviour and attitudes towards tobacco use in Canada. Data from the survey will help evaluate public information programs directed to Canadian youth about the health risks associated with smoking. The information will also serve to reinforce the assessments to the Tobacco Act and the Tobacco Products Control Act.
- Children and youth
- Lifestyle and social conditions
- Risk behaviours
Data sources and methodology
The target population consists of all young Canadian residents aged 10 to 14. Specifically excluded from the survey's coverage are residents of the Yukon and Northwest Territories, persons living on Indian Reserves and inmates of institutions.
The target population for the YSS-LFS supplement consists of all young Canadian residents aged 15 to 19. Specifically excluded from the survey's coverage are residents of the Yukon and Northwest Territories, persons living on Indian Reserves and inmates of institutions.
This is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design.
Responding to this survey is voluntary.
Data are collected directly from survey respondents.
The survey consists of two components: the Labour Force Survey (LFS) portion and the school portion.
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) Portion
Up to 11 current and previous LFS rotation groups were used in each province. In households with persons 15-19 years old, all persons of this age were interviewed by telephone either during the LFS collection or during a follow-up telephone call. In some rotation groups, households with children of specific ages were excluded in order to avoid overlap with households being selected for the National Longitudinal Survey of Children.
The School Portion
Formal approval was obtained from school boards to conduct the survey in schools in their jurisdiction. A sample of schools was selected in each province, followed by a sample of classes of students 10-14 years old (approximately 80 classes per province). Interviewers contacted the schools to arrange appointments to obtain class lists for the selected classes. Once approval is received, interviewers conducted short telephone interviews with parents to collect basic household information. If consent was not received, interviewers attemped to receive verbal consent, and to proceed with the parental interview. A classroom session was arranged during which questionnaires were distributed to be self-completed by students with assistance from the interviewer as required.
View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s).
Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.
- Microdata User Guide - Youth Smoking Survey, 1994