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Tobacco Free Environments: Schools

New Brunswick Policy and Legislation

Smoke-Free Places Act
The Smoke-Free Places Act protects children from dangerous exposure to second-hand smoke by prohibiting smoking and vaping (tobacco, cannabis, as well as any other substance that produces smoke or second-hand smoke) in schools and on 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. These include many places parents might frequent with their children.

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

Tobacco-Free Schools Policy of the NB Department of Education (Policy 702)

Research and Statistics

New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey

To improve the wellness of New Brunswickers, government officials and stakeholders have to know where the major challenges are in terms of wellness.

The New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey is a key project of the NB Wellness Strategy and is conducted with students in Grades 4 - 12 and parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 5. Student wellness is important to both wellness and education, as research has demonstrated the relationship between academic achievement and student wellness — healthy students are better learners.

New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey - Kindergarten to Grade 5 (2013-2014): 

New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey- Grades 6-12 (2015-2016)

Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey
This national survey—which measures tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary I to V in Quebec)—provides valuable information that will inform approaches to addressing complex health and social issues such as the problematic use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, including opioids and cannabis.

Summary of the results for 2016-2017
Detailed tables of the survey data for 2016-2017

Summary of the results for 2014-2015
Detailed tables of the survey data for 2014-2015

Youth Smoking Survey
The Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) is published by Health Canada and provides timely and accurate monitoring of the tobacco use in school aged children (grades 6-12). (* note NB did not participate in 2010-2011 or 2012-2013, therefore links to the 2008-2009 report is also included below:



New Brunswick

Susceptibility to Smoking Amongst Youth in New Brunswick

School Wellness Grants: New Brunswick Department of Social Development
Tobacco Free Sport Program Handbook
The Tobacco Free Sport Program Handbook provides information about the program and details on how to implement a Tobacco Free Sport program/policy in a sport organization or school.

Topics included in the handbook:
-  What, why, goals & objectives
-  Ten steps towards Tobacco Free Sport
-  Ways to use the Tobacco Free Sport Logo
-  Partners
-  Policy template
-  Fact sheets
-  Youth fact sheets
-  Coaches’ notes
-  Sport specific fact sheet
-  Contact information

What Does Tobacco-Free Sport Mean?
This presentation provides information on why Tobacco Free Sport should be implemented.   

Tobacco Free Schools Action Guide


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.
Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH) -Healthy School Planner     
To assist schools in creating and sustaining a healthy school, the Joint Consortium for School Health     (JCSH) has developed the Healthy School Planner, a tool that will help schools assess the health of their     school and support them in developing an action plan for making improvements.

How to use the Healthy School Planner