MANITOBA – Fewer young people are smoking according to a government survey that polled students across Canada from grades six through 12.
About 18 per cent of students have tried a cigarette, down from 24 per cent in 2013.
Dr. Donna Turner with CancerCare Manitoba provided some of the data for the survey.
She tells 680 CJOB smoking rates in Manitoba are slightly higher than the national average.
“25 per cent of our students, grade 6-12, had tried cigarettes. So we’re a little on the high side and that’s something that we would be wanting to change.”
Over 42,000 students participated in the anonymous survey, including 4,000 students from 28 schools in Manitoba.