Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Tobacco

Youth E-Cigarette Vaping

According to the 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), nearly one-quarter (23% (16.4%, 31.6%)) of Simcoe Muskoka high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past year, which was significantly higher than the overall provincial average of 15% (12.9%, 17.1%). E-cigarette use increases with higher perceived socioeconomic status.

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The majority of students that used e-cigarettes did so for the first time in the previous year. In Simcoe Muskoka, 74% (54.8%, 86.7%) of high school students that used e-cigarette did so for the first time in the previous year, which was similar to what was reported for the province overall (64% (56.2%, 71.6%)).

Many e-cigarette users have vaped nicotine and cannabis in the previous year. In Simcoe Muskoka, 40% (23.1%, 60.1%) of high school students that used e-cigarette did so using a product containing nicotine, which was not significantly different from the provincial average of 30% (24.1%, 36.5%). Also in Simcoe Muskoka, approximately one-quarter (28% (18.5%, 40.1%)) of high school students that used e-cigarettes did so using a product containing cannabis, which was similar to what was reported for the province overall (23% (18.8%, 28.5%)).

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The majority of high school students do not perceive regular use of e-cigarettes as harmful. In Simcoe Muskoka, 59% (50.4%, 67.3%) of high school students perceive regular use of e-cigarettes as no risk or slight risk of personal harm, which was similar to what was reported for the province overall (55% (51.3%, 58.4%)).

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