How many students are using tobacco products?
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Recently the prevalence of students using tobacco products has been declining. Unfortunately, the introduction of e-cigarettes has seen a rise in use of these products. Across Ontario, 7% of grade 7 to 12 students reported smoking tobacco cigarettes, 6.2% used water pipes, and 5.4% used smokeless tobacco. In this sample of students, 10.7% reported using e-cigarettes, but the number is climbing quickly (CAMH, 2018).
In Windsor-Essex, 9% of grade 9 to 12 students are current smokers, and 21% of students have used an e-cigarette (COMPASS, 2018).
It’s important to note that while the rates of cigarette smoking had reached an all-time low, the rapidly rising rates of vaping and e-cigarette use is being mirrored with an increase in cigarette use.