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Reports on Tobacco Use

Tobacco Use - Adults - A portrait of adults who smoke in Simcoe Muskoka has shown the percentage of male smokers is consistent with provincial statistics but we have a higher percentage of female smokers than the province, thus pushing the overall smoking rate above the provincial rate.

Tobacco Use - Youth - In Canada, every 10 minutes, two teenagers will start smoking cigarettes and one of them will lose their life because of it. In our area, nearly one in five (18%) high school students (Grades 9-12) reported that they smoke daily or occasionally.

Smoking and Education Levels - There is an inverse relationship between smoking and level of education. In 2007, smoking rates among adults who completed post-secondary education was 18%, jumping to 29% among those who completed high school and 39% with less than a high school education.

The health unit's Health Stats section offers up to date statistics on tobacco use collected through the Canadian Community Health Survey and local surveying done by the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at York University on behalf of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and other health units. We have been participating in the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys since 2001.

Page Last Modified: Thursday, 10 October 2013.