SMOKING RATES in Canada have hit an all time low, according to new figures released by Statistics Canada, the federal government's statistical agency.

Approximately 24 per cent of Canadians over the age of 15, or roughly six million people, smoked in the year 2000, it claims. By comparison, 38 per cent of Canadians smoked 20 years ago.

According to the survey, the average Canadian smoker has been smoking for 24 years, sparks up a cigarette up within 30 minutes of waking and smokes 16.8 cigarettes a day.

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