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Tobacco Free Environments: Hospitals

 New Brunswick

Smoke-free hospitals
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."


Other Resources

Resources for smoke-free workplaces 




New Brunswick Policies and Legislation

Smoke-Free Places Act
The Smoke-Free Places Act eliminates exposure to tobacco use and 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 cigarettes as well as vaping electronic cigarettes and the use of water pipes 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 the areas in which smoking cigarettes as well as using electronic cigarettes and water pipes is not permitted 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 in public places where smoking is 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.

Smoke-free Places Act - Regulations 

Regulations under the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act