Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Tobacco

Smoking in the Home

Households with Children

By Income

By Type of Dwelling

Households with Children

Nine-in-ten (90% (87.8%, 91.3%)) households in Simcoe Muskoka are completely free of secondhand smoke according to the 2016 Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS). Among households with children less than ten years of age, the per cent of smoke-free homes improves to 97% (92.2%, 98.6%).

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.

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By Income

The per cent of smoke-free homes in Simcoe Muskoka increased significantly among households with higher levels of income. For the survey years from 2013 to 2017 (combined), 77% (73.2%, 81.0%) of households in the lowest or lower middle income categories reported that their home is completely free of secondhand smoke, which was significantly lower than the 92% (89.8%, 93.0%) of households in the highest income category that are completely smoke-free.

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By Type of Dwelling

The per cent of smoke-free homes in Simcoe Muskoka is significantly lower among households that rent their dwelling and those that live in multi-unit dwellings. For the survey years from 2013 to 2017 (combined), 79% (74.4%, 82.2%) of households where the residents rented their dwelling reported that their home is completely free of secondhand smoke, which was significantly lower than the 89% (88.3%, 90.4%) of smoke-free households where the residents owned their dwelling. Smoke-free homes were also significantly lower among households residing in multi-unit dwellings (residential structures with shared walls or living spaces), 84% (80.7%, 86.6%) of multi-unit dwellings are 100 per cent smoke-free compared with 89% (87.7%, 90.0%)  of detached dwellings.

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