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Tobacco Free Environments: Outdoor Public Places

New Brunswick Policies and Legislations


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:

  • 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)
  • On the grounds of regional health authorities (hospitals, health clinics, etc.)

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

City of Bathurst: Smoking on City Owned Property Policy

City of Moncton: Smoking Outdoors at City of Moncton Facilities Policy

City of Dieppe Smoke Free Areas Policy

Town of St. Stephen Smoke-Free Policy

Town of Quispamsis Parks and Beaches By-Law #030


Reports and Statistics

Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Regulations

PTCC- Smoke-free Beaches in Ontario: Progress and Implications for Practice Summary

Exposure to Second Hand Smoke on Patios - OTRU Update September 2013



New Brunswick

Making My Outdoor Event Smoke-Free - A Guide for Event Planners, Organizers and Volunteers

This guide is designed to help New Brunswick communities make their outdoor events smoke-free. Many additional tools are provided, such as downloadable logos, signs and even social media messaging that can be used to communicate the smoke-free nature of events.

Outdoor Spaces: Smoke-Free for All
An NBATC fact sheet developed to outline the benefits of smoke-free outdoor spaces.

No Vaping/No Smoking Posters
Downloadable posters for Entrances/Exits, Patios, Sports/Activity Areas and Playgrounds from the New Brunswick Department of Health.

Breathing Easy: Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Spaces and Events in New Brunswick 
Webinar on May 3, 2016 by Nina van der Pluijm, Senior Program and Policy Advisor, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick Department of Health. (Audio recording)

Breathing Easy: Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Spaces and Events in New Brunswick
(Presentation slides)


Outdoor Tobacco Smoke - Evidence to Support Expanding Smoke-Free Spaces
NBATC Webinar with Dr. Ryan David Kennedy: Presentation Slides, January 2014

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.

Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada: Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Spaces: A Community Advocacy Toolkit

Making Patios Smoke-free:
A positive step that governments can take to further protect children, hospitality workers and the community from second-hand smoke.

NSRA: Compendium of 100% Smoke-free Municipal Bylaws 

Building the Case for Smoke-free Public Outdoor Spaces: Technical Report November 2011 Middlesex-London Health Unit 

Smoke-Free Outdoors: The Woodstock Story (Video)

Protection From Outdoor Smoking
An update by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit that provides an overview of the issues (SHS, health effects, impact on the environment and wildlife) surrounding exposure to outdoor smoking.


Global Smokefree Partnership: The Trend Toward Smoke Free Outdoor Areas