Table 1 Percentages of Canadian current smokers (smoked 1 or more cigarettes in the past 30 days), who report having not achieved a lifetime consumption of 100 cigarettes
All current smokers in pooled sample who are beginning smokers (%)*OR† (95% CI)p Value (Wald contrast to reference)
Total4.93
Sex:
    Male4.761.00 (reference)
    Female5.091.068 (0.975 to 1.171)0.159
Age group:
    15–176.831.00 (reference.)
    18–245.930.246 (0.215 to 0.282)<0.001
    25–341.670.066 (0.051 to 0.085)<0.001
    35–440.860.032 (0.024 to 0.044)<0.001
    45–640.830.031 (0.023 to 0.042)<0.001
    65+0.870.042 (0.026 to 0.069)<0.001
Education:
    Less than high school6.891.418 (1.186 to 1.695)<0.001
    Completed high school4.441.399 (1.227 to 1.595)<0.001
    Completed post-secondary2.891.00 (reference.)
  • Pooled, unweighted, data from Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Surveys 1999 through 2006 samples, inclusive.

  • *Unweighted data, presented for methodological purposes only. Percentages are not applicable to the population due to lack of weighting. Sample not proportionate to population by age (ages 15 to 24 were oversampled) Pooled sample size  = 171 948.

  • †Odds ratios, confidence intervals and Wald test from a single logistic regression model predicting a negative answer to the 100 cigarettes question (putative beginner smoker), simultaneously including the 3 covariates shown.