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Tobacco Free Environments: College and Universities

Despite the relative decline of smoking rates in Canada, smoking among young adults aged 20-24 remains higher than any other age demographic. Policies for 100% smoke-free campuses not only provide protection from second-hand smoke, but also discourage tobacco and cannabis use among young people.

Currently, all elementary, middle and high schools in New Brunswick (K-12) are required by the Smoke-Free Places Act to be 100% smoke-free (inside as well as outside - on all school grounds). Universities, colleges and private post-secondary schools are not and are  are only required by law to have a smoke-free policy indoors and to enforce a smoking and vaping ban on outdoor areas designated smoke-free by the Smoke-Free Places Act (for example, 9m from doorways, windows and air intakes of buildings that are for public use).

Until this changes, post-secondary schools are thus encouraged by the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) to develop and implement their own comprehensive smoke-free campus policy. A comprehensive smoke-free policy does not have designated smoking areas. The entire campus grounds must be 100% smoke-free. A comprehensive smoke-free policy includes a ban on smoking and vaping tobacco, cannabis and all other substances. A smoke-free policy should be recognized as part of a broader policy to improve the overall health and well-being of students and staff.

NBATC Resources - Smoke-Free Campuses

CCNB Edmundston becomes the first campus in New Brunswick to launch a smoke-free policy for the grounds of its entire campus
(Source: New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition - March 2018)
This story from the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition's "Tobacco-Free Living Champions" series showcases how the CCNB Edmundston Campus developed and launched its Smoke-Free Policy. 

Webinar: "Implementing a Smoke-Free Policy on Post-Secondary Campuses"
(Source: New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition - October 30, 2018)
With Heather McCully, Health Promotion Specialist, City of Hamilton. Heather supported McMaster University's groundbreaking 100% Tobacco & Smoke-Free Policy as well as the policy process at Hamilton’s other campuses. 

Webinar: "Mise en oeuvre d'une politique sans fumée sur les campus d'établissements postsecondaires"
(Source: New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition - October 25, 2018)
With François Boutot, CCNB Edmundston Campus Director. The CCNB Edmundston campus is the first post-secondary institution campus in New Brunswick to implement a 100% smoke-free policy.  (All files only available in French)

Outdoor Spaces: Smoke-Free for All
(Source: New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition - 2015)
A fact sheet developed to outline the benefits of smoke-free outdoor spaces.

Other Resources - Smoke-Free Campuses 

Take Action Against Tobacco Use (TATU) Grants
New Brunswick Department of Social Development 
This grant program provides up to $5,000 to support community-led initiatives to increase tobacco-free living and strengthen community action with an emphasis on youth-led initiatives, partnerships and comprehensive actions. CCNB Edmundston campus used this grant to create beautiful smoke-free signage for its campus as part of its Smoke-Free Campus Policy project.

University and College 100% Smoke-Free Campuses in Canada 
(Source: Canadian Cancer Society - September 14, 2018)
Excellent resource explaining and demonstrating the benefits of a 100% smoke-free campus policy. This report presents a list of all colleges and universities with a smoke-free policy and includes links to examples of smoke-free policies from different post-secondary institutions in Canada.

Tobacco-Free Campus Guide
(Source: Non-Smokers' Rights Association - 2011)
A guide to support the creation or improvement of tobacco-free measures at Canadian post-secondary schools
(Source: Leave the Pack Behind and Ontario's Tobacco Control Area Networks - 2018)
Smoke-free campus policies that make it easier for people to resist and quit smoking can have a tremendous impact on the health of an entire campus community! This website presents tools and resources, including a guidebook, that Canadian post-secondary institutions can use to develop and implement their own smoke-free policies and strategies. 

  • DropBox ToolBox -
    The Dropbox houses the Smoke-Free Campus guidebook, policy tools (e.g. a sample comprehensive smoke-free policy template), key research articles, and resources shared by health units and universities/colleges who have implemented 100% SF policies. Although this work was developed with Ontario campuses in mind, much of it is transferable and all Canadian post-secondary institutions are invited to download and use these free resources.

Leave the Pack Behind
(Source: Brock University)
Leave The Pack Behind is a tobacco control program that offers young adults smoking and quitting information, personalized support, and quitting resources - all for free.
(Source: Health Canada and Canadian Cancer Society)
Smoke-free campaign focusing on young adults, encouraging them to break up with their cigarettes.
(Source: Health Canada)
Portal for provincial smoking cessation websites.

National toll-free quitline number: 1-866-366-3667
(Source: Health Canada)
Considering quitting smoking or another tobacco product — or know someone who is? Click on your province or territory for more information online or call 1-866-366-3667 toll-free and talk to someone about quitting.

Tobacco & Public Health: From Theory to Practice
(Source: Ontario Tobacco Research Unit)
An award-winning online course that offers a Canadian-focused overview on tobacco control research, policy, and practice. The course contains four modules – Tobacco Prevention, Protection, Cessation and Evaluation; and E-Cigarettes. This course is a useful training tool for those starting to work in tobacco control, and a resource for those looking for current facts or references.  Each module takes approximately three to five hours to complete and can be accessed online 24/7 for flexible learning.

Other Resources - Tobacco, Cannabis, Vaping 

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Legislation in New Brunswick 

Smoke-Free Places Act
New Brunswick's Smoke-Free Places Act prohibits smoking and vaping tobacco, cannabis and all other substances in all enclosed public places, indoor workplaces, 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 and vaping 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.).

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. 

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, the only legal place to consume cannabis in New Brunswick is in a private dwelling or in the land adjacent to the private dwelling (home or backyard). Consuming cannabis in public is prohibited. It is also illegal to consume cannabis in a vehicle and to drive under the influence of cannabis. 

Complaints concerning cannabis should be directed to local police. 

Reporting Smoking and Vaping Violations in New Brunswick

Smoking and/or vaping tobacco, cannabis, and any other substance in public places that are designated as smoke-free by the Smoke-Free Places Act can be reported to the Smoke-Free Places Act Information Line. The Smoke-Free Places Act Information Line toll-free number is 1-866-234-4234.
For other complaints concerning cannabis, such as smoking it in a public place that is not already designated as smoke-free, or illegal sale or possession of cannabis, New Brunswickers are instructed to contact their local police detachment. 
More information here.