Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey (CTNS)
Detailed information for 2020 and 2021
The main objective of the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey is to gather information about the prevalence of cigarette smoking, vaping, and cannabis use.
Data release - planned for spring 2021
The information collected in this survey will be used to fill important data gaps related to vaping, cannabis, and tobacco usage. The data will inform policy and provide a current snapshot of use across Canada.
Until 2017, Statistics Canada conducted the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS), which collected data on tobacco as well as alcohol and drug use in Canada. In 2019, the Canadian Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CADS) was conducted to collect data on alcohol and drug use independently from the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey (CTNS) which was conducted to primarily collect data on tobacco and nicotine.
- Lifestyle and social conditions
Data sources and methodology
The target population for the survey is non-institutionalized persons 15 years of age or older, living in Canada's ten provinces, who are not members of collectives or living on reserves.
The content for the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey electronic questionnaire was drafted in consultation with Health Canada.
The questionnaire underwent cognitive testing in the form of in-depth interviews in both of Canada's official languages, conducted by Statistics Canada's Questionnaire Design Resource Centre. The goal of the qualitative study was to test the survey content.
This is a sample survey.
This is a sample survey with a stratified sample and cross-sectional design.
For the 15 to 24 years old, the CTNS sample has a one-stage design, and the person is the sampling unit.
For the 25 years old and older, the CTNS sample has a two-stage design: the sampling unit for the first stage is the dwelling, and the sampling unit for the second stage is the person.
For the 15-24 years old: the frame was stratified by age group and province, and a systematic sample was selected independently within each age group and province.
For the 25 years old and older: the frame was stratified by province, and a simple random sample of dwellings was selected independently within each province.
Sampling and sub-sampling
Sufficient sample was allocated to each of the provinces and age groups so that the survey could produce provincial level estimates, as well as estimates for the three age groups of interest (15-19, 20-24, 25+). An initial sample of 20,000 dwellings or individuals was selected and sent to collection.
Data collection for this reference period: 2020-12-08 to 2021-01-26
Responding to this survey is voluntary.
Data are collected directly from survey respondents.
Data are collected directly from survey respondents either through an electronic questionnaire (EQ) or through CATI (computer assisted telephone interviewing).
View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .