Youth Tobacco Exposure - Statistics in Niagara

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.

Percent of youth smokers in Niagara and Ontario

* Interpret with caution; data was limited due to low numbers.
** Data from 2009-2010 cannot be released because of low numbers.
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario MOHLTC.

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

Secondary Students' Tobacco Behaviours in Niagara and Ontario
Tobacco Use Niagara 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.

Youth Second Hand Smoke Exposure

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.

Youth Exposed to Second Hand Smoke in Niagara and Ontario

* Interpret with caution; data was limited due to low numbers.
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario MOHLTC.

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.

Youth who are exposed to second hand smoke in a car in Niagara and Ontario

* Interpret with caution; data was limited due to low numbers.
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario MOHLTC.

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