Cannabis vs. tobacco use rates in Canada

An excellent oped from the Nelson Daily News earlier this week makes an interesting comparison:

Seventeen per cent of Canadians report having used cannabis in the past year, despite it being illegal.  Prohibition, it seems, is hardly stopping people from using cannabis.

For perspective, cigarettes are available at every corner store and the Canadian Cancer Society reports that tobacco use stands at 18 per cent.

That’s a very expensive one percent difference.