A new federal survey has found student tobacco use is on the decline.
The Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey suggests the percentage of students who smoke tobacco fell to about three per cent in 2014-15 from four per cent a year earlier.
It also found decreases in both the numbers of students who had ever tried smoking and current smokers.
Roughly 3.4 per cent of students admitted to being current cigarette smokers, with 1.6 per cent smoking daily and 1.9 per cent smoking occasionally.
Meantime, alcohol and marijuana were more popular than tobacco. Most students who participated in the survey recognized that regular use of tobacco or cannabis posed a great risk to their health and wellbeing.
Alcohol use in Grades 7 to 12 remained unchanged in 2014-15 at 40 per cent.
The study surveyed just over 42,000 students in Grades 6 to 12. Questions about alcohol and drug use were also asked to students in Grades 7 to 12.
Eighteen per cent of students in Grades 6 to 12 had tried smoking in 2014-15, even if it was only just a puff.
That’s down from 24 per cent in 2012-13.
According to the survey, 17 per cent of students in Grades 7 to 12 smoked pot.
The results of the survey come as the Liberals prepare to legalize marijuana. Officials have said they’re hoping to regulate its use, keep it away from children and cut out the criminal element of the business.