Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Tobacco

Exposure Secondhand Smoke Public Places

By Urban and Rural Geography
By Income

According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), for the 2013-2014 survey years, 14% (12.0%, 18.2%) of Simcoe Muskoka residents (12+) that identified as non-smokers said that they were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in public places, which was not significantly different from the comparable provincial average of 15% (14.0%, 15.5%).

The reporting of regular exposure to secondhand smoke in public places is highest among non-smoking children and youth (12-19 years) and decreases with age. In 2013-2014, 29% (20.5%, 39.3%) of non-smoking and youth in Simcoe Muskoka reported regular exposure to secondhand smoke in public, which was similar to what was reported for all children and youth across the province.

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Urban and Rural Geography

Regular exposure to secondhand smoke among non-smokers is higher for those living in urban areas compared with those residing in rural areas. In 2013-2014, 16% (12.7%, 20.3%) of Simcoe Muskoka non-smokers (12+) living in urban areas were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in public, which was significantly higher than the 9% (6.5%, 12.6%) for those that live in rural areas. The increased exposure to secondhand smoke among urban populations was also observed when looking at the province as a whole.

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Income

Regular exposure to secondhand smoke among non-smokers is higher for those living in households with less income. In 2013-2014, 17% (15.2%, 19.3%) of Ontario non-smokers (12+) living in households in the bottom 20 per cent of income were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in public, which was significantly higher than the 13% (11.7%, 14.5%) for those living in households in the top 20 per cent of income. Secondhand smoke exposure in public did not differ by income in Simcoe Muskoka for the 2013-2014 survey period.

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