Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Pregnancy and Before

Smoking During Pregnancy

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

Unborn children are vulnerable to secondhand smoke exposure.  Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to low birth-weight and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Exposure to secondhand smoke has also been linked to miscarriages and adverse impacts on cognition and behaviour in children.


In 2016, 11.9% (11.1%, 12.9%) of Simcoe Muskoka mothers that gave birth reported smoking at the time of their newborn’s birth. Of those new mothers that smoked, the majority (60.2% (56.2%, 64.1%)) smoked less than 10 cigarettes per day and approximately one in three (31.7% (28.0%, 35.5%)) smoked 10-20 cigarettes per day.

Across Ontario, significantly fewer new mothers reported smoking at the time of birth (7.0% (6.9%, 7.1%)) than were reported in Simcoe Muskoka. Of the new mothers who smoked across Ontario, the distribution of the quantity smoked per day was similar to Simcoe Muskoka.


The rate of smoking at the time of birth did not change in Simcoe Muskoka from 2013 to 2016; however, there was a significant decrease in the proportion of women reporting smoking at the time of birth for the whole province from 2013 (8.1% (8.0%, 8.3%)) to 2016 (7.4% (7.2%, 7.5%)).

Rates of smoking during pregnancy decrease with age. In 2016, about one-quarter of young mothers (aged 15-24 years) in Simcoe Muskoka reported smoking at the time of birth (25.4% (22.4%, 28.6%)) compared with less than 10% of mothers 35 years of age or older (7.4% (5.8%, 9.3%)).


Secondhand Smoke Exposure

In 2016, the majority of new mothers women resided in a smoke-free home (83.6% (82.4%, 84.7%)), meaning approximately one-in-six new mothers resided with a smoker at the time of birth (16.5% (15.4%, 17.6%). A significantly higher proportion of younger new mothers resided with a smoker when compared with older new mothers.