Extensive health survey conducted among 45,760 Quebecers: main findings released

Montréal, October 5, 2016 – The findings of the 2014–2015 Québec Population Health Survey, unveiled today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec, revealed that cigarette smoking had dropped among Quebecers aged 15 or over, with the percentage of smokers decreasing from 24% in 2008 to 19% in 2014–2015. However, the percentage of people who took drugs the previous year rose from 13% in 2008 to 17% in 2014–2015. Several new topics related to lifestyle habits were covered in the second edition of this survey, which revealed that 30% of Quebecers were sedentary and nearly one fifth of the provincial population drank at least one sugary beverage a day.

A rise in obesity was observed, with this condition affecting 19% of Quebecers aged 15 or over, compared with 16% in 2008. Psychological distress also increased, especially among women, with nearly one third stating they experienced a high level of distress.

The Institut report L’Enquête Québécoise sur la santé de la population, 2014-2015: pour en savoir plus sur la santé des Québécois. Résultats de la deuxième édition presents a number of province-wide findings on an range of topics pertaining to Quebecers’ lifestyle habits, preventive or at-risk behaviour, physical and mental health, environmental health and workplace health. It also makes it possible to follow the evolution of several indicators identified in the first edition of the survey conducted in 2008 and assess the progress or declines in the area of health.

Regional and sub-regional data on these topics are also available on the same web page as the report.


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