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% (87.4%, 91.8%)) 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 98% (90.6%, 99.4%).

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 2011 to 2016 (combined), 75% (71.3%, 77.9%) 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 90% (88.8%, 91.7%) 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 2011 to 2016 (combined), 75% (71.5%, 78.9%) of households where the residents rented their dwelling reported that their home is completely free of secondhand smoke, which was significantly lower than the 88% (87.2%, 89.2%) of smoke-free households where the residents owned their dwelling. When looking at households with children under ten years of age by ownership status this disparity was even more pronounced, where 82% (69.4%, 89.9%) of renter-occupied households with children (<10 years) reported that their home was smoke-free compared with 97% (94.6%, 97.7%) for owner-occupied households with children (<10 years). Smoke-free homes were also significantly lower among households residing in multi-unit dwellings (residential structures with shared walls or living spaces), both overall and for those with children less than 10 years living in the home when compared with those living in detached homes.

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