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Children and Youth in Canada - The Context of their Lives (module table of contents)

Section 3: Health Outcomes (section table of contents)


Implications: Initiatives to reduce smoking at home are important for youth. As well as reducing their exposure to environmental toxins, reducing environmental tobacco smoke in a community has a potential impact on future adolescent smoking habits because it makes smoking less visible1.

1Health Canada (1999). Youth and Tobacco. Accessed on May, 28 2012, at

According to the 2009/10 Canadian Community Health Survey, 15% of Canadians 12 to 19 years of age were exposed to second-hand smoke at home. British Columbia (8.1%) and Ontario (12.0%) reported the lowest rates of exposure to smoke at home.

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