Windsor-Essex saw a spike in the region's number of smokers last year.

According to the Canadian Community Health Survey released Monday, 20.3 per cent of the region's population smoked daily or occasionally in 2012. That's up from the 13.4 per cent that did so in 2011.

In a twist, exposure to second hand smoke at home decreased at the same time the number of smokers increased. So did exposure to second hand smoke in vehicles and public places.

Local drinking habits were virtually unchanged, with people consuming five or more drinks on one occasion, at least once a month during the year.

The survey also found residents in Windsor-Essex are eating more fruits and vegetables and getting more exercise.