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New Brunswick’s ban on flavoured tobacco products, including menthol came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016

Jan 1, 2016

New Brunswick’s ban on flavoured tobacco products, including menthol came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016

New Brunswick’s ban on flavoured tobacco products, including menthol came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016!

More information:

News release by the Government of NB: Reminder: changes to Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act take effect Jan. 1

CBC: Provincial ban on flavoured tobacco begins New Year's Day

News Release by the Canadian Cancer Society, New Brunswick (see below):  

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Canadian Cancer Society, New Brunswick

For immediate release

New Brunswick  

NEW BRUNSWICK, December 30, 2015 – As of January 1, 2016, flavoured tobacco, including menthol, will no longer be available for sale in New Brunswick.  

“The ban on flavoured tobacco has the potential to impact smoking rates in New Brunswick, particularly among our youth,” said Anne McTiernan-Gamble, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick. “Our smoking rates continue to be among the highest in Canada, and nearly one-third of young adults between the ages of 20 and 24 smoke. These are alarming statistics.” 

A large number of teens who smoke prefer flavoured tobacco products. The most recent Youth Smoking Survey revealed that of the New Brunswick high school students who use tobacco, 52% use flavoured tobacco, and among New Brunswick high school students who smoke, 38% smoke menthol. Eliminating flavours such as cherry, peach, cotton candy and grape will make tobacco products less appealing to youth, resulting in lower rates of use. 

A total of five provinces to date have adopted legislation to ban menthol cigarettes as part of broader legislation banning flavoured tobacco: Nova Scotia (effective May 31, 2015), Alberta (full implementation effective September 30, 2015), New Brunswick (effective January 1, 2016), Quebec (effective August 26, 2016) and Ontario (full implementation effective January 1, 2017). PEI is also currently developing regulations. 

The legislation to come into force as of January 1, 2016, will also prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and e-juices to persons under age 19. 

The year 2015 was an exceptional year for tobacco control in New Brunswick. In July, the Government of New Brunswick expanded the Smoke-Free Places Act to prohibit smoking in outdoor public spaces where children are present. This included a smoking ban on patios and all similar outdoor public places where food and alcohol is served; within nine metres of doorways, windows and air intakes of enclosed public places and indoor workplaces; on or within 20 metres of children’s equipment and sports areas located in an outdoor public place; on or within nine metres of a public walking or jogging trail in an outdoor public place; and within the boundaries of provincial parks except within the boundaries of rented campsites, golf courses and designated areas within the park. A ban on the use of e-cigarettes and water pipes anywhere that traditional smoking is not presently allowed was also implemented.

“It is essential we continue to make progress in tobacco control,” Ms. McTiernan-Gamble said. “Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Canada and is responsible for nearly one-third of all cancer deaths.”

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

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For more information, please contact:

Paula White

Manager, Communications

Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick

Email: pwhite@nb.cancer.ca

Telephone: (506) 634-6272