This past week Health Canada released the results of the most recent Canadian Student, Alcohol and Tobacco Survey, with data collected in selected schools across Canada (except New Brunswick) during the 2021-2022 school year.

This is the most recent version of the school-based smoking and drug survey which has been conducted periodically since 1994. In recent years the survey covers students in grades 7 to 12. To focus on the health status of these young Canadians as they complete their public school years, many of the results discussed below are limited to those for the senior grades 10 to 12.

Health Canada provides a useful summary of some topline results – and the media has reported on the concerns raised about the continuing high rate of vaping that was produced by the survey.

This post identifies 6 important take-away messages from these results. An excel chart with the tables shown below can be downloaded here.