2016-17 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey

The national survey – which measures tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary I to V in Quebec) – provides valuable information that will inform approaches to addressing complex health and social issues such as the problematic use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, including opioids and cannabis.

Quick facts

  • There has been an overall decline in past 30-day use of any tobacco product among students. This reduction, from 12% to 10%, is a significant decline and is an encouraging result. Canada is working to reduce overall tobacco use to less than 5% by 2035.
  • 10% of students reported having used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days, an increase from 6% in 2014-15.
  • The prevalence among Canadian students of high-risk drinking behaviour (i.e., having five or more drinks on one occasion) in the past 12 months remained unchanged from the 2014-15 survey at 24%. However, there was an increase in students’ reporting that they drank at least once in the past 12 months, from 40% to 44%.
  • Cannabis use among students has remained constant at 17%, unchanged from 2014-15.
  • Students’ overall perception of the risks of smoking cannabis has decreased: only 19% of students felt that smoking cannabis once in a while is a “great risk,” down from 25% in 2014‑15.

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