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Smoking Tobacco in Canada, 2015

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Published Date : Feb 2016

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Tobacco Products

No. of Pages : 79 Pages

The total market for tobacco products in Canada comprises of four main sectors: manufactured cigarettes, cigars/cigarillos, smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Each sector has suffered a decline over the period under review, particularly in the last few years, with both federal and provincial governments influencing market trends with taxation policies that remain complex and applied at different levels according to province despite some degree of increasing standardization.

Key Findings

  • There has been a steady decline in smoking tobacco sales in recent years, more than 80% below 1990 levels with further forecasts expected for 2015. Manufactured cigarettes are also declining at a similar rate as overall smoking prevalence decreases across Canada
  • Since 2003 consumption has fallen away quite dramatically. Tax rises, growing illicit consumption and increased competition from value cigarettes are the main factors behind a collapse in official sales
  • Within the overall market for smoking tobacco, FCT has clear dominance. This has largely remained unchanged over the review period, although it did reach a record high of over 98% in 2014, with a further increase forecast for 2015


Table of Contents


  • Executive summary
  • Definitions 

Market context

  • Tobacco products market, tonnes, %, 2004 & 2014
  • Tobacco products market, tonnes, 2004–2014 

Market size and structure

  • Consumption of smoking tobacco, tonnes, 2004–2015
  • Per capita consumption of smoking tobacco, grams per year, 2004–2015
  • Smoking Tobacco: Market segmentation, 2011–2015
  • Cigarette consumption, manufactured v hand rolled, 2004–2015 

Production and trade

  • Production of Smoking Tobacco, tonnes, 2004-2014
  • Imports of Smoking Tobacco, tonnes, 2004-2014
  • Import of Smoking Tobacco, volume and value C$ ‘000 2004-2014
  • Imports by Country of Origin, top countries, %, 2014
  • Exports of Smoking Tobacco, tonnes, 2004-2014
  • Exports of Smoking Tobacco, tonnes, volume and value C$ ‘000 2004-2014
  • Exports by Country of Destination top countries, %, 2014

Taxation and retail price

  • Taxation overview
  • Federal Excise Duties, 2015
  • Provincial & Federal Tax on Cigarettes & Roll-Your-Own Tobacco, as of 22nd June 2012
  • Provincial Sales Tax, May 2014
  • Retail Prices overview 

Manufacturers and brands

  • FCT: Manufacturer Shares, 2000-2014
  • Cigarette Tobacco: Brand Family Shares, 2000-2005
  • Cigarette Tobacco: Leading Brand Variant Shares, 2004-2006
  • Company profiles The Smoking Population
  • Adult smoking prevalence, total and by gender, 2004–2014
  • Smoking incidence by gender & age, males and females, 2008 – 2012
  • The Prevalence of smoking by Age Group and Gender, Aged 15 year and over, 2013
  • Current Smokers by Age Group, 2004-2012
  • Adult Smoking Prevalence Trends by Province, 2004-2013 

Operating constraints

  • Operating constraints
  • Advertising restrictions
  • Labelling requirements
  • Other restrictions


  • Retail structure 

Prospects and forecasts

  • Prospects and Forecasts summary
  • Fine cut tobacco consumption, tons, 2014-2024
  • Per capita consumption, grams per year, 2014–2024 


  • Additional data tables
  • Summary methodology
  • About Canadean

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