Seniors and smoking

Smoking is not common among seniors. In fact, seniors are the least likely of any adult demographic in Canada to smoke. However, 11% of men and 9% of women over the age of 65 still report using tobacco daily or occasionally, which means that smoking is still cause for concern among doctors and other health-care professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions


Seniors present unique challenges for the health-care system, especially those who live in long-term care facilities. Operators of such facilities must work within all applicable bylaws and legislation to accommodate seniors who use tobacco, as well as those who are attempting to quit.