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Tobacco Free Environments: College and Universities


Smoke-Free Places Act
The Smoke-Free Places Act eliminates exposure to second-hand smoke where we work, learn and play, which helps protect our health, prevent smoking initiation by youth and prevents relapses in adults who are trying to or have already quit.

This legislation prohibits smoking and vaping (tobacco, cannabis, as well as any substance that produces smoke or second-hand smoke) 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.

As of July 1, 2015, the Smoke-Free Places Act has expanded its reach to include many public outdoor settings.

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

For further information or to report a violation of the Smoke-Free Places Act, please call 1-866-234-4234. You can also learn more about the Smoke-Free Places Act here.


College and University Tobacco Policies

University and College 100% Smoke-Free Campuses in Canada
(Source: Canadian Cancer Society - September 14, 2018)

CCNB Edmundston becomes the first campus in New Brunswick to launch a smoke-free policy for the grounds of its entire campus
(Story featured in the Tobacco-Free Living Champions series - New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition)

Infographic on New Brunswick colleges and universities 
(Source: New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition - 2017).

Emerging Trends     

“Waterpipe smoking is a popular new trend among young people that has arrived in Canada. There are hookah cafes and lounges appearing across the country, many of them situated in towns and cities with a university or college. Smoking rates among young adults are already too high, and the attraction of smoking exotic flavoured shisha, coupled with the belief that it is relatively benign, can only force smoking rates higher.”

(NSRA- Waterpipe Smoking in Canada: New Trend, Old Tradition. February 2012)

Waterpipe smoking can be detrimental to the users’ health and has been linked to several negative health effects including an increased risk for cancer, decreased pulmonary function and increased likelihood of spreading infectious diseases. Waterpipe use can have health effects similar to cigarette use and can lead to increased risks from: exposure to carbon monoxide, exposure to second hand smoke and tobacco addiction (Waterpipe Smoking in Alberta: A report by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, February 2012, pg 2).

NSRA - Waterpipe Smoking in Canada: New Trend, Old Tradition. February 2012

NSRA - Hooked on Hookah: Issue Analysis & Policy Options for Waterpipe Smoking in Ontario

NSRA - National Forum on Waterpipe Use- Final Report 

WHO Report - Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Health Effects, Research Needs and Recommended Actions by Regulators 

Waterpipe Smoking in Alberta: A Report by the Chief Medical Officer of Health February 2012




Ontario Tobacco Research Unit's (OTRU) On-line Course
This course is comprised of four modules including one on protection which examines current information on second hand smoke, how it affects people’s health, and what is happening in Canada to create smoke free environments.

Tobacco Free Campus Guide: Non-Smokers' Rights Association
A guide to support the creation or improvement of tobacco-free measures at Canadian post secondary Schools

Leave the Pack Behind
A peer to peer tobacco control program designed for young adults on post secondary campuses


Tobacco Free U
An American-based web site that provides tools and resources for university and college anti-tobacco initiatives