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Tobacco Free Environments: Hospitals

 

Smoke-free hospitals and Health Centres in New Brunswick

There is no safe level of second hand smoke. Smoke-free hospital properties reduce harm, promote healthy choices and support a safe and healthy environment for everyone, including patients, staff and visitors. 

Horizon Health Network's Smoke-Free Together Initative 
(Information for patients and visitors, FAQs, etc.) 

Horizon is committed to health promotion and disease prevention; this initiative supports our mission of helping people be healthy. Effective September 29, 2015, the entire Saint John Regional Hospital property will be smoke free. This policy will be extended to all Horizon hospital properties over the next 12 months.

Success Story: "Horizon Health Network’s Smoke-Free Environment Policy: A Positive Change Moving New Brunswick Towards a Healthier Future. Saint John Regional Hospital First Property to Go Completely Smoke-Free."

Vitalité Health Network's Smoke-Free Together Initiative
(Information for patients and visitors, FAQs, etc.) 

The Vitalité Health Network is committed to health promotion and disease prevention; this initiative supports our mission of helping people be healthy. Effective January 1st, 2016, all of the Vitalité Health Network facilities and grounds will be 100% smoke free.

Success Story: "The Movement for Outdoor Smoke-free Spaces is growing in New Brunswick. All Vitalité Health Network’s Hospitals and Clinics Will Respect a Smoke-free Environment Policy on Their Properties."

 

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New Brunswick Policies and Legislation

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.  This includes all regional health authority grounds.

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.