According to the 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), 10% (7.7%, 13.0%) of of Simcoe Muskoka students (grades 7-12) reported smoking cigarettes in the past year, which was not significantly different from the overall provincial average of 9% (7.5%, 9.9%). Also in 2015, 4% (2.7%, 6.4%) of Simcoe Muskoka students reported smoking cigarettes daily in the past year, which was also not significantly different from the provincial average of 3% (2.5%, 3.8%). Smoking among Ontario students had been steadily declining from the late ninety’s to 2011, but has remained unchanged at just below 10 per cent since that time.
Male and female students are equally likely to report smoking in the past year; however, youth smoking increases significantly after grade 10 in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole.
Youth smoking is significantly higher among students that report their mental health as being ‘fair or poor’ when compared with those that report their mental health as ‘excellent, very good or good’. This association was consistent in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole.