Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey (CTNS)

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Have you been invited to participate in this survey via email or mail? To log in to the survey, complete the following steps.

Step 1: Visit the electronic questionnaire portal and select Start my survey.

Step 2: Enter your secure access code (you will find this code in the invitation letter or email you previously received from Statistics Canada).

Step 3: Complete the survey.

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The main objective of the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey is to gather information about the prevalence of cigarette smoking, vaping, and cannabis use.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes. In addition, information from partially completed or unsaved questionnaires may be retained and used.

Collection periods:
From December 15, 2021 to February 4, 2022
Collection methods:
Electronic questionnaire and telephone follow-up for non-response
Survey participation:
  • Block Information Confidentiality


    Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19. Your information will be kept strictly confidential.

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    Record linkage

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and reduce response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

  • Block Information on Topics covered in the survey

    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about

    • cigarette smoking
    • vaping
    • cannabis use.
  • Block Information on Published data

    Published data

    Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.

    Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.

    Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.

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    Survey-specific questions

    What is the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey?

    The main objective of the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey is to gather information about the prevalence of cigarette smoking, vaping and cannabis use among Canadian adults and youth. The survey was designed to collect this information in a timely manner by leveraging the RapidStats program.

    Why should I respond to the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey?

    Your participation in the survey will provide important information that will be used by the federal government and researchers across Canada to help Canadians maintain and improve their health. What you share with us will contribute to a better understanding of Canadian trends in tobacco, nicotine and cannabis use. For example, Health Canada is required to report on the trends and use of these substances over time. With your collaboration, we work on their behalf to produce high-quality data that can be used to inform decision-making. This information is vital to the effective development and implementation of national and provincial strategies, policies and programs that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of these substances.

    Should I respond to the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey even if I only smoke or vape occasionally, or not at all?

    Absolutely. This information is just as important since it will help us to understand how many Canadians, from province to province, use and do not use these substances. In order to provide a clear picture of these behaviours in Canada, it is essential that all respondents complete the questionnaire.

    How does this survey benefit Canadians?

    The survey aims to shed light on the types of cannabis and tobacco products Canadians are using, how often they use them and their reasons for doing so. Among other contributions, the data collected from this survey will benefit Canadians by contributing to an understanding of issues related to the health of Canadians, to understanding the marketing of tobacco and nicotine products to youth, and to understanding links between early use and health issues later in life.

    Following the release of the survey results, important data gaps related to vaping, cannabis and tobacco use will be filled. Policy makers, health researchers and other Canadians will benefit from detailed information on the use of these products.

    Vaping, the act of inhaling and exhaling vapour produced by a device, is a relatively new trend in comparison to cigarette smoking. Since the questions on vaping were added into this survey, Canadians have benefitted from increased access to research findings and a greater understanding of the long-term effects of vaping.

    How will you safeguard the confidentiality of my information?

    As with all Statistics Canada surveys, any information provided will remain confidential pursuant to the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada takes the privacy of Canadians very seriously. Published data can never identify you or your household.

    To find out more about the measures in place to safeguard the confidentiality of your information, visit Statistics Canada's Trust Centre.

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