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Second Hand Smoke Exposure

Second Hand Smoke Exposure

Key Findings: 
  • In 2013/14, 2.7% of non-smoking people in Middlesex-London reported being exposed to second-hand smoke in the home (Fig. 7.10).
  • The proportion of people being exposed to second-hand smoke in the home in 2013/14 was significantly lower in Middlesex-London compared to the Peer Group (Fig. 7.10).
  • Between 2003 and 2013/14 a significant downward trend in exposure to second-hand smoke in the home was seen in Middlesex-London, the Peer Group and Ontario (Fig. 7.10). 
  • Almost 5% of people aged 12 and over in Middlesex-London reported being exposed to second-hand smoke in a vehicle in 2013/14 (Fig. 7.11).  This is a decrease compared to 2009/10, but not statistically significant (data not shown)
  • Exposure to second-hand smoke in a public place such as bars, restaurants, shopping malls, arenas, bingo halls, or bowling alleys was reported by 12.9% of the population in Middlesex-London (Fig. 7.11).

When comparing exposure to second-hand smoke in vehicles or public places in Middlesex-London to the Peer Group and Ontario, no significant differences were found.

Interpretive Notes

The survey question asked: In the past month, were you exposed to second-hand smoke, every day or almost every day, in public places (such as bars, restaurants, shopping malls, arenas, bingo halls, bowling alleys)?

How this Indicator was Calculated: 
Ontario Public Health Standard: 

Population Health Assessment and Surveillance Protocol - Section 1, Subsections b-vi, vii

Chronic Disease Prevention Standard - Requirement #1

Prevention of Injury and Substance Misuse Standard - Requirement #1

Jargon Explained

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act 

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act is legislation enacted in 2006 that bans smoking from enclosed workplaces and public places in Ontario. 

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