By Sarah Klein
A 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).