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Child Health Report-2002

Arrow BulletChild Health Report 2002 - Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use

This section provides information on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use in the Child Health Report 2002 report.



Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use

  • Youth smoking in Canada declined during the 1980s, but increased during the 1990s.
  • In 1996/97, 76% of Peel children aged 12-19 lived in smoke-free homes.
  • In 1996/97, 45% of Peel children aged 12-19 had consumed alcohol in the past 12 months; 49% of Ontario children in the same age group had consumed alcohol in the past 12 months.
  • In 1996/97, 4% of Ontario youth aged 12-19 were heavy drinkers (consumed 15 or more drinks per week), and 20% were binge drinkers (consumed five or more drinks on one occasion, one or more times per month); these behaviours were more prevalent among males than females.
  • In 1996/97, 7% of Ontario teens aged 16-19 years reported drinking and driving.
  • In 2001, one-third of Ontario students in grades 7-13 had used an illicit drug in the past year.
  • Cannabis was the most commonly used illicit drug, followed by hallucinogens, non-medicinal stimulants, ecstasy and solvents.
  • Cannabis use more than doubled, from 13% in 1993 to 29% in 2001.
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