Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Tobacco

Secondhand Smoke

Smoking in the Home

Nine out of ten Simcoe Muskoka households are now completely free of secondhand smoke. There has been a significant upward trend in the per cent of smoke-free homes in Simcoe Muskoka since 2001, with the most rapid improvement experienced between 2001 and 2007. However, disparities in smoke-free homes exist for those with lower levels of household income, those residing in multi-unit residential dwellings and those living in dwellings that are rented. These disparities are more pronounced for households with young children.

Smoking in Vehicles

Less Ontario children are exposed to secondhand smoke in private vehicles. In 2013 fewer than one in ten non-smoking children 12-15 years of age were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in a private vehicle, which is less than half of what was reported in 2003. In Simcoe Muskoka, four in five drivers reported that smoking is never allowed in the vehicle they drive the most often; however, this is lower for younger drivers and drivers with lower levels of income and education.

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Public Places

Nearly one in three non-smoking children and youth (12-19) in Simcoe Muskoka report being regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in public places, higher than what was reported by non-smoking adults (20+).

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke at Work or School

Approximately one in eight non-smokers in Simcoe Muskoka report regular exposure to secondhand smoke at work or school. Youth (12-19) were significantly more likely to report regular exposure at school or work to secondhand smoke.