Page 2: National and provincial/territorial tobacco sales data 2019

Cigarette sales

Since 2001, tobacco companies have been required by the Tobacco Reporting Regulations to provide Health Canada with reports on sales of tobacco products.

There are three important factors to consider when using these data:

  1. The data are subject to ongoing revision due to re-submissions by tobacco companies and/or audits by Health Canada.
  2. Sales represent shipments to wholesalers or retailers in a province/territory. Sales totals may not be representative of tobacco consumption for that province/territory.
  3. In certain cases, provincial/territorial sales were not reportable due to a limited number of companies active in that market. In these cases, the data were merged into a larger geographical grouping.

Cigarette sales in Canada from 2001-2019

Cigarette sales in Canada from 2001-2019.
Cigarette sales in Canada from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 42,087,329,210
2002 37,627,491,460
2003 35,634,281,159
2004 34,289,181,086
2005 32,970,621,643
2006 30,217,394,914
2007 28,704,713,382
2008 27,573,569,888
2009 28,640,322,910
2010 31,653,625,884
2011 31,178,012,116
2012 31,347,437,105
2013 31,467,896,967
2014 29,467,902,653
2015 29,032,568,898
2016 28,642,383,251
2017 27,110,716,886
2018 25,838,401,275
2019 23,895,350,226
Cigarette sales in Canada from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in Canada from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 42.1 billion in 2001 to 23.9 billion in 2019.

Cigarette sales in Canada by province 2019

Total cigarette sales - 2019 Canada
Total cigarette sales - 2019 Canada
Province Units of cigarettes
Ontario 8,372,275,180
Quebec 6,220,206,505
Alberta 3,220,068,360
British Columbia 2,508,233,841
Saskatchewan 867,544,675
Manitoba 804,312,290
Nova Scotia 794,603,315
Newfoundland & Labrador 509,711,280
New Brunswick 495,653,780
P.E.I., Northwest Territories, Nunavut & Yukon 102,741,000
Canada 23,895,350,226
Cigarette sales in Canada by province 2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarettes sales by province in 2019. Ontario had the highest unit sales followed by Quebec and Alberta.

Alberta cigarette sales from 2001-2019

Alberta cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
Alberta cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 4,745,249,975
2002 4,044,044,405
2003 3,847,954,020
2004 4,062,084,475
2005 4,311,642,695
2006 4,546,343,270
2007 4,532,737,555
2008 4,372,352,105
2009 4,162,222,180
2010 4,314,295,315
2011 4,301,235,605
2012 4,303,815,465
2013 4,528,237,870
2014 4,471,425,970
2015 4,208,826,985
2016 3,944,869,925
2017 3,671,488,653
2018 3,474,460,945
2019 3,220,068,360
Alberta cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in Alberta from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 4.7 billion in 2001 to 3.2 billion in 2019.

British Columbia cigarette sales from 2001-2019

British Columbia cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
British Columbia cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 4,057,169,760
2002 3,795,268,155
2003 3,522,864,010
2004 3,562,728,820
2005 3,567,616,380
2006 3,538,955,180
2007 3,537,911,555
2008 3,468,952,870
2009 3,362,478,545
2010 3,396,767,631
2011 3,242,046,780
2012 3,156,286,045
2013 3,149,433,724
2014 2,985,439,215
2015 2,969,212,830
2016 3,027,433,055
2017 2,855,280,484
2018 2,739,883,765
2019 2,508,233,841
British Columbia cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in British Columbia from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 4.1 billion in 2001 to 2.5 billion in 2019.

Manitoba cigarette sales from 2001-2019

Manitoba cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
Manitoba cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 1,301,011,000
2002 1,146,699,045
2003 1,084,610,995
2004 1,062,011,785
2005 1,116,191,080
2006 1,098,601,505
2007 1,107,091,920
2008 1,114,324,425
2009 1,164,246,525
2010 1,203,313,815
2011 1,179,195,167
2012 1,149,938,975
2013 1,091,066,290
2014 1,016,992,240
2015 984,513,780
2016 968,172,345
2017 936,585,205
2018 886,634,800
2019 804,312,290
Manitoba cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in Manitoba from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 1.3 billion in 2001 to 804 million in 2019.

New Brunswick cigarette sales from 2001-2019

New Brunswick cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
New Brunswick cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 1,017,629,230
2002 884,046,850
2003 715,066,108
2004 748,695,115
2005 711,015,455
2006 671,296,049
2007 659,032,940
2008 679,915,265
2009 825,728,580
2010 938,297,650
2011 862,580,820
2012 821,480,820
2013 807,412,030
2014 749,718,695
2015 753,723,490
2016 704,802,845
2017 609,284,916
2018 567,355,315
2019 495,653,780
New Brunswick cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in New Brunswick from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 1 billion in 2001 to 496 million in 2019.

Newfoundland and Labrador cigarette sales from 2001-2019

Newfoundland and Labrador cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
Newfoundland and Labrador cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 427,879,400
2002 384,712,485
2003 354,939,421
2004 407,128,216
2005 449,803,845
2006 468,728,640
2007 496,380,995
2008 537,010,620
2009 613,036,565
2010 659,716,845
2011 675,907,038
2012 692,617,630
2013 691,037,440
2014 659,079,480
2015 658,686,218
2016 644,154,940
2017 600,922,320
2018 573,225,870
2019 509,711,280
Newfoundland and Labrador cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in Newfoundland and Labrador from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales increased from 428 million in 2001 to 510 million in 2019.

Nova Scotia cigarette sales from 2001-2019

Nova Scotia cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
Nova Scotia cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 1,346,776,400
2002 1,191,664,820
2003 1,038,096,815
2004 1,044,085,608
2005 1,014,866,995
2006 946,005,005
2007 894,815,965
2008 902,372,680
2009 968,275,650
2010 988,014,155
2011 988,046,720
2012 992,169,965
2013 993,264,850
2014 954,240,090
2015 945,317,275
2016 948,678,715
2017 893,870,530
2018 865,193,705
2019 794,603,315
Nova Scotia cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in Nova Scotia from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 1.35 billion in 2001 to 795 million in 2019.

Ontario cigarette sales from 2001-2019

Ontario cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
Ontario cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 17,598,138,995
2002 16,372,785,308
2003 15,795,140,720
2004 14,508,332,095
2005 13,286,771,635
2006 11,387,544,924
2007 10,257,094,051
2008 9,346,911,683
2009 9,740,694,100
2010 11,214,816,305
2011 10,939,627,031
2012 11,143,878,995
2013 11,290,403,320
2014 10,361,513,030
2015 10,380,708,260
2016 10,307,189,350
2017 9,800,266,993
2018 9,273,440,461
2019 8,372,275,180
Ontario cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in Ontario from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 17.6 billion in 2001 to 8.4 billion in 2019.

Quebec cigarette sales from 2001-2019

Quebec cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
Quebec cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 10,180,595,425
2002 8,565,926,517
2003 8,249,668,825
2004 7,969,737,387
2005 7,354,135,758
2006 6,435,127,476
2007 6,013,404,856
2008 5,869,091,250
2009 6,504,503,120
2010 7,620,380,333
2011 7,719,871,640
2012 7,870,830,980
2013 7,667,500,333
2014 7,084,334,555
2015 6,942,224,850
2016 6,897,151,731
2017 6,634,534,115
2018 6,429,498,919
2019 6,220,206,505
Quebec cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in Quebec from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 10.2 billion in 2001 to 6.2 billion in 2019.

Saskatchewan cigarette sales from 2001-2019

Saskatchewan cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
Saskatchewan cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 1,190,410,275
2002 1,042,594,110
2003 1,036,957,265
2004 1,030,252,450
2005 997,806,005
2006 1,023,063,805
2007 1,083,646,605
2008 1,132,169,720
2009 1,151,533,175
2010 1,161,727,620
2011 1,129,774,335
2012 1,138,477,390
2013 1,116,974,515
2014 1,079,757,530
2015 1,090,162,900
2016 1,103,045,015
2017 1,015,983,475
2018 938,426,045
2019 867,544,675
Saskatchewan cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in Saskatchewan from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 1.2 billion in 2001 to 868 million in 2019.

Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon cigarette sales from 2001-2019

Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon cigarette sales from 2001-2019.
Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon cigarette sales from 2001-2019
Year Units of cigarettes
2001 222,468,750
2002 199,749,765
2003 172,634,420
2004 183,793,455
2005 160,771,795
2006 101,729,060
2007 122,596,940
2008 136,281,535
2009 134,788,785
2010 156,286,215
2011 139,726,980
2012 129,647,610
2013 127,224,650
2014 115,733,510
2015 99,192,310
2016 96,885,330
2017 92,500,195
2018 90,281,450
2019 102,741,000

Sales data for PEI and the territories are merged due to the limited number of companies active in those markets. Unit sales may not represent total consumption as they only include direct shipments by tobacco companies and exclude products shipped from wholesalers in other provinces.

Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon cigarette sales from 2001-2019 - Text Equivalent

Bar graph showing cigarette sales in Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon from 2001 to 2019. Cigarette unit sales declined from 222.5 million in 2001 to 102.7 million in 2019.

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