Anti-smoking measures not enough, study says

A new report from Statistics Canada notes that Saskatchewan continues to have the highest smoking rate among the provinces: 22.8 per cent in 2013. (CBC)

Saskatchewan leads the provinces in per-capita puffers, a new report says.

According to Statistics Canada's Community Health Survey released Wednesday, 22.8 per cent of people age 12 and over in Saskatchewan smoke tobacco.

That represents about 195,779 people in 2013 — equivalent to a Regina-sized city.

That rate is higher than the other nine provinces, although lower than the rates in the three territories. 

Canada-wide, 19.3 per cent of 12-and-overs smoke. The lowest provincial rate was in B.C.: 16.2 per cent.