Smoking in the Home
Nearly nine in ten households in Simcoe Muskoka 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 experience 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 2011/12 about one in ten non-smoking children 12-15 years of age were regularly exposed in a private vehicle, which is 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
Approximately one in four non-smoking children and youth (12-19) in Simcoe Muskoka report being regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in public places, which was twice as high as what was reported by non-smoking adults (20+).