Resources Library – Hot Topic – Flavoured Tobacco & Smokeless Tobacco
Hot Topic – Flavoured Tobacco & Smokeless Tobacco
The tobacco industry is constantly finding new ways to attract people to use tobacco products. Up until 2016, flavoured tobacco products were available for purchase in New Brunswick and were particularly attractive to young people, as well as non-smokers, trying out tobacco for the first time. New Brunswick banned flavoured tobacco products, including menthol, in 2016, to help lower smoking initiation rates and, especially, protect its young people from the harmful effects of a lifelong addiction to nicotine.
Smokeless tobacco products like hookah, shisha, water pipes, dissolvable tobacco, snuff and snus are still, however, available on the market. A single puff from a water pipe (450 mL) is nearly equal to the volume of smoke inhaled from an entire cigarette (500 mL). (Source: Tobacco Atlas 2019: Waterpipes) Snuff and snus continue to be attractive to young people, as they often see their favourite sports celebrities chewing tobacco at sporting events.
Furthermore, new on the market and rising in popularity are vaping devices and vaping e-liquids and salts which contain very high concentrations of nicotine. Vaping products are not harmless and pose health risks. The rising vaping epidemic among youth and young adults in New Brunswick is cause for concern and one that the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) is closely monitoring. We have many resources regarding public education on the risks of vaping as well as resources for youth, parents, and educators on our Hot Topics: Vaping page.
See also our Hot Topic: Vaping page for a list of resources regarding vaping education and prevention.