Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Tobacco

Smoking Cessation

Key Messages
Former Smokers
Intention to Quit
Technical Notes

Key Messages

  • It is often said that starting smoking is much easier than quitting smoking. But, with practice and support, quitting is achievable.
  • There are now twice as many former smokers in Simcoe Muskoka than there are current smokers.
  • Most former smokers have achieved long term success in quitting smoking.
  • About half of current smokers report at least one quit attempt in the previous year.

Former Smokers

  • According to the 2013-2014 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), 42% (38.5%, 45.2%) of Simcoe Muskoka adults (20+ years) considered themselves to be former smokers compared with 22% (18.6%, 25.5%) who currently smoke either daily or occasionally.
  • The majority of these former smokers have achieved long-term success. Two-thirds (68% (64.3%, 71.4%)) of adult (20+) former smokers in Simcoe Muskoka have been smoke-free for 10 years or more according to data from the 2011-2014 CCHS.

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Intention to Quit

  • From the 2018 Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS) survey, over half or 61% (53.3%, 68.1%) of adult smokers in Simcoe Muskoka said they were at least considering quitting smoking in the next six months.
  • About half (52% (44.8%, 59.3%)) of current smokers attempted to quit for at least one whole day in the previous twelve months.
  • From 2007 to 2018, there has been no change in the proportions of current smokers considering or attempting to quit smoking cigarettes.

Technical Notes

This research is supported by the level of participation in such cessation initiatives as the annual provincial quit smoking contest, the 'Driven to Quit Challenge'. In 2015, 8,585 Ontarians who smoked daily (ages 19+ years) entered the contest, including 759 that lived in Simcoe Muskoka. Simcoe Muskoka had more than twice the number of registrants than any other health unit in the Central East region, which also covers: Durham, Peel, York, Peterborough, and Haliburton, Kawartha & Pine Ridge District. An overview of challenge participants from the Central East area shows the average age was 39, with slightly more females (54%) than males registering. Participants smoked about 16 cigarettes a day and on average started smoking at 16 years of age. Most had made two quit attempts in the past year.

Further Reading

For more information on smoking cessation and for support to quit smoking, see:

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