Minors’ Access to Tobacco
In 2013, 475 tobacco retailers in Simcoe Muskoka had under-aged shoppers attempt to buy cigarettes to test compliance with youth access restrictions. Less than one-in-ten sold tobacco to these under-aged test shoppers. This is the third consecutive year where tobacco vendors in Simcoe Muskoka were over 90 per cent compliant during these test shopping inspections. Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) it is illegal to sell or supply tobacco to anyone under the age of 19 years.
Support for Smoke-free Outdoor Public Places
The large majority of Simcoe Muskoka adults (18+ years) support banning smoking in outdoor public places such as playgrounds, doorways, sports fields and restaurant patios.
Support for Smoke-free Multi-Unit Dwellings
Multi-unit dwellings are residential buildings with shared walls or living spaces, including apartment buildings, condos, townhouses, and seniors or retirement homes. In 2013, approximately two-thirds of Simcoe Muskoka residents would support banning smoking anywhere inside a multi-unit dwelling. Support for banning smoking inside of multi-unit dwellings is also high among non-smokers residing in these types of dwellings, with half strongly supporting a ban.