Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Tobacco

Youth Smoking Abstinence

According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) in 2015-2016, 92% (81.6%, 96.4%) of Simcoe Muskoka youth (12-18 years) report never having smoked a whole cigarette in their life. This was not significantly different than what was reported for all of Ontario, with 92% (90.3%, 93.2%) of provincial youth (12-18 years) reporting never smoking a whole cigarette in their life.

From 2000 to 2014, there was a significant increasing trend in the per cent of youth (12-18 years) that report never smoking a cigarette in their life. Due to changes in survey methods, the 2015-2016 data cannot be compared to this historic data.

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The percent of youth that report never smoking a cigarette in their life decreases significantly with age. According to the CCHS, between the years of 2011 and 2014 (combined), virtually all youth under the age of fourteen reported never having smoked a whole cigarette in their life; however, by the age eighteen, less than three-quarters reported never smoking a cigarette. This was consistent with what was reported by Ontario youth during this same time period.

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The per cent of Ontario youth (12-18 years) that have never smoked a cigarette in their life is highest among those in the highest household income category and those that live in a two-parent household. According to the CCHS, between the years of 2011 and 2014 (combined), 83% (77.3%, 87.3%) of Ontario youth (12-18 years) living in the lowest income category reported never smoking a whole cigarette in their life, which was significantly lower than the 91% (89.6%, 92.1%) of youth living in the highest income category that reported never smoking. In addition, 81% (78.1%, 83.9%) of youth living in a single-parent household reported never smoking, which was significantly lower than the 91% (89.8%, 92.0%) of youth living in a two-parent household that reported never smoking.

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