2014 Tobacco Cessation Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information on tobacco cessation among adults aged 20 and over who are current or former smokers living in Halton Region.

Background

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Ontario and worldwide.1 Smoking tobacco can lead to many serious health problems, including respiratory and upper digestive tract cancers, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease.2 Quitting smoking is the single best thing a smoker can do to improve their health and quality of life.3 Within two days of quitting smoking, their risk of a heart attack will already start to decrease and their lung capacity will expand to improve and ease breathing.3 If you are considering quitting there are many resources available including Halton’s Stop Smoking Clinic where a health professional will help you assess your lifestyle and design a personalized method of quitting free of charge.4

This Health Indicator Report uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Key Findings

  • In 2014, 25% of Halton adults who were current smokers reported that they were not thinking of quitting smoking, 43% reported that they were considering quitting, 20% reported that they were committed to quitting, and 12% reported that they were going to quit but weren’t sure when.
  • From 2005 to 2014, there were no statistically significant changes in the percentage of Halton adults who were current smokers who reported that they were not thinking of quitting smoking.
  • From 2005 to 2014, the percentage of Halton adults who were current smokers who reported that they are considering quitting smoking in the next 6 months decreased from 53% to 43%, and this decrease was statistically significant.
  • From 2005 to 2014, there were no statistically significant changes in the percentage of Halton adults who were current smokers who reported that they were committed to quitting smoking in the next 30 days.
  • From 2005 to 2014, the percentage of Halton adults who were current smokers who reported that they were going to quit but weren’t sure when increased from 8% to 12%, and this increase was statistically significant.

Stopped smoking for one day or longer during the past 12 months

Trends Over Time

  • In 2014, 46% of Halton adults who were current smokers reported that they stopped smoking for one day or longer during the past 12 months because they were trying to quit. There were no statistically significant changes from 2005 to 2014.

Sex

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by sex in the percentage of Halton adults who were current smokers who reported that they stopped smoking for one day or longer during the past 12 months because they were trying to quit.

Education

  • In 2014, there were no statistically significant differences by education in the percentage of Halton adults who were current smokers who reported that they stopped smoking for one day or longer during the past 12 months because they were trying to quit.

Trends Over Time - Stopped smoking completely

  • In 2014, 7% of Halton adults who were former smokers reported that they stopped smoking completely in the past year, 3%* reported between one to two years ago and 89% reported more than two years ago. There were no statistically significant changes from 2005 to 2014.

References

  1. Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. 2013. Smoke-Free Ontario Legislation. Accessed August 2015, from http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/en/smoke-free/legislation/default.asp (external link)
  2. Health Canada. 2011. Smoking and Your Body. Accessed August 2015, from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/tobac-tabac/body-corps/index-eng.php (external link)
  3. Health Canada. 2015. Quit Smoking. Accessed August 2015, from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/tobac-tabac/quit-cesser/index-eng.php (external link)
  4. Halton Region. n.d. The Stop Smoking Clinic. Accessed August 2015 from http://www.halton.ca/living_in_halton/public_health/health_clinics___immunizations/the_stop_smoking_clinic/