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The New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) focusses its effort on promoting tobacco-free living through public education, tobacco control and support for smoking cessation. However, there is a strong association between cannabis and tobacco use. A few links to resources on this topic as well as the various pieces of legislation regarding cannabis use in Canada are available below. 
The Canadian Government has announced that cannabis legalization will take effect October 17, 2018. Until the Cannabis Act and its regulations come into force on October 17, 2018, cannabis remains illegal across Canada unless authorized for medical purposes.


Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis
Information on cannabis (marijuana) laws in Canada.

Bill C-45 - An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts
Bill C-45 introduced in the House of Commons in April 2017. It received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018.

New Brunswick

Cannabis Control Act
New Brunswick's Cannabis Control Act controls the consumption and use of recreational cannabis. It establishes the legal age for the purchase, consumption and cultivation of recreational cannabis at 19 and outlines general restrictions on consumption and possession. Under the Cannabis Control Act, it is illegal to consume cannabis in all public places. Cannabis can only be consumed in private residences. It is also illegal to consume cannabis in a vehicle and to drive under the influence of cannabis. 

Smoke-Free Places Act
New Brunswick's Smoke-Free Places Act prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places, indoor workplaces, and school grounds, as well as in vehicles when a person under the age of 16 is present. Many public outdoor settings, including the following, also prohibit smoking as per the Act: 

  • On patios where food and/or alcohol is served and within 3m from the patio boundary;
  • 9m from doorways, windows and air intakes of buildings that are for public use;
  • In outdoor playgrounds and within 20m of their perimeters (examples include outdoor slides, swings, climbing structures, splash pads, wading pools, sand boxes);
  • On outdoor sports and recreational areas and within 20m of their perimeters (examples include outdoor tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, swimming pools, beaches, skateboard parks, skating rinks, etc., and their spectator stands);
  • On a public walking trail and within 9m of the trail;
  • In provincial parks (except in designated smoking areas and on an occupied campsite); and
  • On the grounds of regional health authorities (hospitals, health clinics, etc.).
The definition of “smoking” was broadened to include “any substance that is smoked and that creates smoke or second-hand smoke, including marijuana” on  November 17, 2016. Therefore, smoking cannabis, as well as the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products is also prohibited in all public indoor and public spaces identified in the Smoke-Free Places Act.

Since September 15, 2017, peace officers and inspectors are able to issue tickets to individuals who smoke or vape tobacco, cannabis or other products in public places where smoking and vaping are banned.

A toll-free number is provided to report violations of the Smoke-free Places Act and to obtain additional information on this legislation: 1-866-234-4234. You can view the Smoke-Free Places Act here.

Resources - Cannabis Education
Your Cannabis Questions Answered
Government of Canada - 2018
Public information and educational resources for everything related to the legalization and use of cannabis in Canada, including the health effects and dangers of cannabis, so that people can make informed decisions. 

Cannabis New Brunswick 
Government of New Brunswick information on the legalization of cannabis. Some public education fact sheets are also provided.
Government of New Brunswick - 2018
New Brunswick campaign to educate the public, including information on the health effects and dangers of cannabis.
Cannabis Talk Kit - Know How to Talk with Your Teen - 2017
This talk kit aims to help families navigate through a changing cannabis landscape—one that includes new policies like legalization and regulation, as well as new products, like “shatter” and “edible” candies and cookies.
Reports and Statistics

Tobacco Use in Canada - Cannabis Supplement
University of Waterloo - 2017
This supplement provides an overview of cannabis and tobacco use, specifically in the Canadian context. National estimates of cannabis and tobacco use in Canada are reported, with a focus on youth.
Secondhand Marijuana Smoke: Health effects of exposure
Non-Smokers' Rights Association -2016
Concern about exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke is an emerging issue—the Smoking and Health Action Foundation (SHAF) has noted a steady increase in enquiries and complaints over the past number of years, especially from multi-unit housing residents.

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey
Statistics Canada and Health Canada - 2016
The Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey is a biennial general population survey of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use among Canadians aged 15 years and older:

Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey
Statistics Canada and Health Canada - 2018
This national survey—which measures tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary I to V in Quebec)—provides valuable information that will inform approaches to addressing complex health and social issues such as the problematic use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, including opioids and cannabis.