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Reports on Tobacco Use

The Health Stats section offers the most 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.

More and more people are choosing to be tobacco free. We've come a long way, thanks to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, local bylaws, more cessation supports, and a desire to live a long and healthy life. The following are reports compiled back in 2007 to document smoking rates in our region:

  • Tobacco Use - Adults - In 2007, a portrait of adults who smoke in Simcoe Muskoka showed the percentage of male smokers was consistent with provincial statistics but we had a higher percentage of female smokers, pushing the overall smoking rate above the provincial rate.
  • Tobacco Use - Youth - In 2007 in our area, nearly one in five (18%) high school students (grades 9-12) reported that they smoke daily or occasionally.
Page Last Modified: Wednesday, 06 August 2014.