Production and Disposition of Tobacco Products

Detailed information for October 2001





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The monthly survey, Production and Disposition of Tobacco products, measures quantities of tobacco products that are produced and sold by Canadian manufacturers.

Data release - December 3, 2001


This survey measures on a monthly basis, the quantities of tobacco products that are produced and sold by Canadian manufacturers.

The quantities of tobacco products produced and sold are used as an indicator of the economic condition of the tobacco products manufacturing industry; as an input into Canada's Gross Domestic Product and as an input into macro- and micro-economic studies to determine market shares and industry trends. Data are used by the business community, federal and provincial departments and international organizations.

Reference period: Month

Collection period: During the month following the reference month.


  • Food, beverage and tobacco
  • Manufacturing

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population for this survey includes manufacturers in Canada of tobacco products as defined in the Standard Classification of Goods (SCG) that report these products to the Annual Survey of Manufacturing and Logging Industries or ASML (record number 2103). This means that estimates from this monthly survey do not cover the entire universe of producers of tobacco products in Canada, because the ASML does not survey all businesses. Instead, the ASML uses administrative data to cover the small and medium-sized establishments. These manufacturers are not part of this monthly survey.

Instrument design

The questionnaire was designed using Statistics Canada questionnaire design standards. The design was done in consultation with the tobacco industry in order to fulfill their needs.


This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.

The target population includes all tobacco products manufacturers. The survey frame is based mostly on the Annual Survey of manufactures (ASM) supplemented with information from the Monthly Survey of Manufacturing or the industry association.

Data sources

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Data are collected each month from survey respondents using a mail-out / mail-back process. Data capture and preliminary editing are performed simultaneously to ensure validity of the data. Businesses from whom no response has been received or whose data may contain errors are followed-up by telephone or fax.

Under normal circumstance, data are collected, captured, edited, tabulated and published within 4 weeks after the reference month.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Error detection

In order to detect errors and internal inconsistencies, automated edits are applied to captured data to verify that totals equal the sum of components and that the data are consistent with the previous month's data. Data that fail the edits are subject to manual inspection and possible corrective action.

In addition, subject matter experts analyze the data at a more aggregate level to detect and verify any large month-to-month or year-over-year changes for the industry.


Contacting the respondent. A comparison with the previous month of the same year. A comparison with the same month of the previous year. Using historical ratios.


For non-response: current period last year divided by previous period last year multiplied by previous period this year equals current period this year.

Quality evaluation

1. Observe trends in the industry
2. Comparison with ASM data
3. Compare data with national economy and other manufacturing industries
4. Use health and social indicators

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any data which would divulge information obtained under the Statistics Act that relates to any identifiable person, business or organization without the prior knowledge or the consent in writing of that person, business or organization. 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.

Confidentiality analysis includes the detection of possible "direct disclosure", which occurs when the value in a tabulation cell is composed of a few respondents or when the cell is dominated by a few companies.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

The monthly estimates of the production and disposition of cigarettes are seasonally adjusted using the X-11 ARIMA program.

Data accuracy

All survey data, from whatever source, are subject to error such as errors related to coverage, bad response, processing and non-response.

In the case in the Production and Disposition of Tobacco Products survey there is a possibility of under-coverage because the frame is derived from the ASM which lags behind the current survey. However the risk of under-coverage is minimal because of advance information from the ASM frame, feed-back from MSM and information from industry sources.

Response and processing errors do not easily lend themselves to quantification. Where they are detected, they are corrected. Sometimes the data are revised at a later date. On a monthly basis, late or non-responses are imputed using a variety of methods, the most common being trend analysis.

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