In Niagara, youth smoking rates are high, but similar to youth smoking rates in Ontario. In 2007-2008, 11.8 per cent of youth aged 12-19 smoked on a daily or occasional basis.
Students were asked if they had smoked any amount of cigarettes. In the past 12 months, 20.7 per cent of secondary students smoked at least a few puffs of a cigarette. This is not significantly different than students in Ontario. Data from grade 7 and 8 students are not reportable.
In addition to cigarettes, youth are exposed to other tobacco products. Students were asked about their use of e-cigarettes and waterpipes. In Niagara, 25.4 per cent of students used e-cigarettes within the past 12 months. This is not significantly different than youth in Ontario
|Smoked any amount of a cigarette in their lifetime||27.0%||24.4%|
|Smoked any amount of a cigarette in the past 12 months||20.7%||18.0%|
|Used an e-cigarette in their lifetime||30.6%||28.2%|
|Used an e-cigarette in the past 12 months||25.4%||23.4%|
|Use a waterpipe in their lifetime||21.1%||18.5%|
|Used a waterpipe in the past 12 months||20.8%||15.8%|
Source: Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, 2015.
Many youth in Niagara are exposed to second hand smoke in their homes. In Niagara, 21.8 per cent of youth are exposed to smoke in their home (2009-2010). There is no significant difference in second hand smoke exposure between Niagara and Ontario.
Many youth in Niagara are also exposed to second hand smoke in the car. From 2009-2010, 16.2% of youth were exposed to second hand smoke in the car. There is no significant difference in second hand smoke exposure in cars between Niagara and Ontario.