A new poll shows that Canadian consumers are far more likely to buy tobacco online than at a traditional brick-and-mortar retail outlet, and a survey by the U.S.-based Smokefree Foundation found that nearly half of Canadians would like to see their own tobacco shops.
While more Canadians say they smoke indoors, the numbers are more mixed among Canadians who prefer indoor smoking.
While one-third of those surveyed said they smoke outdoors, just 4 per cent said they do so indoors.
But the survey also found that Canadians are more likely than Americans to say that online shopping should be a “top priority.”
That’s a big shift from the last survey conducted on the topic in 2013, which found that 40 per cent of Canadians said they shop online and 27 per cent shop in person.
“It’s a new frontier, where Canadians are now more willing to take the plunge,” said Mark Bickerton, senior vice-president and director of retail research at Smokefree.
The survey found that almost half of Canadian adults (47 per cent) say that they shop at least occasionally online, compared with 39 per cent who said the same in 2013.
And while more Canadians prefer online shopping to the brick- and-mortars, the majority of respondents still prefer to shop in-person.
The findings underscore the need for more retail outlets, said the Smokefree survey, which surveyed 1,800 Canadians in May.
“We think this is the beginning of a shift,” said Bickertons survey director, Sarah D’Agostino.
“In the United States, we see a lot of smoke and mirrors.
People just say they want to smoke and then they go and smoke.”
D’AGOSTINO said that when the U