Newfoundland and Labrador Smokers’ Helpline

COVID-19 & Substance Use

Impact of COVID-19 on the Substance Use of Canadians

Based on Statcan Data Report Released May 7, 2020 

  • Canadian data collected before the pandemic (in 2018 and 2019) show that consumption of cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco is common amongst Canadians.
    • 1 in 6 Canadians has consumed cannabis in the past 3 months.
    • 1 in 5 Canadians drinks heavily.
    • 1 in 6 Canadians currently smoke cigarettes.
  • Based on the Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 1: Impacts of Covid-19 (CPSS) data collected March 29 – April 3, 2020, people aged 15 to 34 were more likely to report increased usage of cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco than those aged 55 and older.
  • The CPSS showed that the vast majority of Canadians reported that their consumption of cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco remained unchanged when asked, “Have your weekly habits changed in any of the following activities? Consuming cannabis, consuming alcohol, and using tobacco products.”
  • •The CPSS revealed that Canadians who rated their mental health as fair or poor were more likely to have their increased use of cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco. This association was found in both sexes and amongst young and old alike.
  • Canadians who assessed their mental health as fair or poor were about twice as likely as those who self-perceived better mental health to report cannabis or cigarette consumption. (CPSS Data).

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