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Fewer Winnipeggers Lighting Up: Peg Report

May 29, 2014 10:33 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

SmokingA new report shows fewer Winnipeggers are smoking these days.

The Peg says 13% fewer citizens smoke now than 10 years ago, with 19.4% of people in the city self-identifying as smokers in 2012, compared to 22.4% in 2003.

The report also notes year-to-year fluctuations, with Winnipeg smoking rates slightly increasing since 2010, but noting we’re still below the national average (19.4% in Winnipeg compared to 20.4% nationally).

The highest rate for local smokers was in 2008 at 23.3%, while the lowest was in 2010 at 16.4%.

The Peg measures measures the health of the community year over year and is a partnership between the United Way of Winnipeg and International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).