In light of recent news that the Government of New Brunswick has eliminated its Contraband Enforcement Unit, the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) would like to recognize and thank M. Gary Forward who represented the Contraband Enforcement Unit on the NBATC’s Steering Committee and who deeply understood and recognized the negative impact contraband tobacco has on smoking cessation, prevention and the well-being of our communities.

We recognize M. Forward and all of his colleagues’ time and commitment to making this province a healthier and safer place to live in. The work lead by the Contraband Enforcement Unit was important and vital to the goal of making this province tobacco and smoke-free. It is with regret that we have been informed that this unit has been cut.