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Tobacco Free Environments: Schools

New Brunswick's 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 all school grounds. It is important to respect the no-smoking/no vaping rule when dropping off your children at school to protect children from exposure to second-hand smoke as well as from initiation to tobacco and vaping products. 

Legislation in New Brunswick 

Smoke-Free Places Act
New Brunswick's Smoke-Free Places Act prohibits smoking and vaping tobacco, cannabis and all other substances in all enclosed public places, indoor workplaces, school grounds, as well as in vehicles when a person under the age of 16 is present. Many public outdoor settings, including the following, also prohibit smoking and vaping as per the Act: 

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

A toll-free number is provided to report violations of the Smoke-Free Places Act and to obtain additional information on this legislation: 1-866-234-4234. 

Cannabis Control Act
New Brunswick's Cannabis Control Act controls the consumption and use of recreational cannabis. It establishes the legal age for the purchase, consumption and cultivation of recreational cannabis at 19 and outlines general restrictions on consumption and possession. Under the Cannabis Control Act, the only legal place to consume cannabis in New Brunswick is in a private dwelling or in the land adjacent to the private dwelling (home or backyard). Consuming cannabis in public is prohibited. It is also illegal to consume cannabis in a vehicle and to drive under the influence of cannabis. 

Complaints concerning cannabis should be directed to local police. 

Reporting Smoking and Vaping Violations in New Brunswick

Smoking and/or vaping tobacco, cannabis, and any other substance in public places that are designated as smoke-free by the Smoke-Free Places Act can be reported to the Smoke-Free Places Act Information Line. The Smoke-Free Places Act Information Line toll-free number is 1-866-234-4234.
 
For other complaints concerning cannabis, such as smoking it in a public place that is not already designated as smoke-free, or illegal sale or possession of cannabis, New Brunswickers are instructed to contact their local police detachment. 
 
More information here. 

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:

2012-2013
2010-2011
2008-2009



Resources

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

Canadian

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