Provincially, smoking tobacco has been steadily on the decline. However, locally, after decreasing between 2008 and 2013, the percentage has remained unchanged since.
The report found that the most common ages for youth to first try smoking was 14 or 15.
Among the students who reported smoking tobacco, 62% vaped with nicotine within the past month.
In total 27% of Thomson Cariboo Shuswap students have smoked tobacco, compared to the provincial rate of 18%.
The smoking stats are consistent when replacing tobacco with marijuana. The BC average for students smoking pot was 25% compared with the regional rate of 37%. The most common age for students trying marijuana for the first time was between 13 and 15.
Alcohol also followed the trend, with 56% of youth reporting that they’ve tried alcohol compared to a BC average of 44%. There were no differences in response between males and females.
Finally, just under 1 in 5 students, 19%, reported using a substance other than alcohol or tobacco, above the 16% provincial average.
*Stats from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey
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