Table 3

 Smoking prevalence among young adults by employment status (n = 3812)

OccupationCurrent smokersProportion of all young adult smokersFormer smokersQuit rate per current smoker*
*Quit rate  =  the proportion of former smokers, relative to the proportion of “ever” smokers.
Student21.6% (21.5 to 21.7)24.9% (24.9 to 25.0)6.9% (6.7 to 7.1)24.2 (24.1 to 24.3)
Working (all occupations)31.4% (31.3 to 31.5)62.6% (62.5 to 62.7)12.8% (12.6 to 13.0)28.9 (28.8 to 29.0)
    Sales/service35.9% (35.8 to 36.0)15.3% (15.1 to 15.5)13.0% (12.8 to 13.2)27.2 (27.1 to 27.3)
    Trades/transport35.3% (35.1 to 35.5)9.2% (9.0 to 9.4)6.7% (6.5 to 6.9)15.8 (15.6 to 16.0)
    Management35.5% (35.3 to 35.8)6.4% (6.2 to 6.6)3.9% (3.6 to 4.2)9.8 (9.5 to 10.1)
    Technical31.1% (31.0 to 31.2)8.0% (7.8 to 8.2)12.6% (12.4 to 12.8)28.8 (28.6 to 29.0)
    Professional22.7% (22.5 to 22.9)5.5% (5.2 to 5.8)14.3% (14.1 to 14.5)38.6 (38.4 to 38.8)
    Administrative/clerical13.3% (13.1 to 13.5)2.5% (2.1 to 2.9)14.4% (14.2 to 14.6)52.0 (51.9 to 52.1)
    Farming/forestry/fishing38.5% (38.2 to 38.8)2.2% (1.8 to 2.6)14.9% (14.5 to 15.3)27.9 (27.6 to 28.2)
    Processing/manufacturing36.5% (36.3 to 36.7)5.7% (5.4 to 6.0)36.1% (36.0 to 36.2)49.7 (49.5 to 49.9)
    Other working45.7% (45.5 to 45.9)7.3% (7.0 to 7.6)9.9% (9.7 to 10.1)17.8 (17.6 to 18.0)
Raising family/household32.2% (32.1 to 32.3)7.9% (7.7 to 8.1)27.4% (27.3 to 27.6)46.0 (45.9 to 46.1)
Looking for work31.1% (30.9 to 31.3)2.4% (2.0 to 2.8)10.7% (10.5 to 10.9)25.6 (25.3 to 25.9)
Other/refused56.9% (56.8 to 57.0)3.4% (3.1 to 3.7)6.7% (6.5 to 6.9)10.5 (10.3 to 10.7)