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Resources Library – Prevent Smoking – Adults

Dangers of Tobacco and Vaping Products

As pandemic forces change, it’s a good time for Canadians to quit smoking

There’s no shortage of debate on who gets very sick from the virus, and who doesn’t. It is clear that we must do a better job of protecting vulnerable groups: the elderly, the immunocompromised, the poor and the racialized. Yet, data shows that regardless of age or socioeconomic status, those who smoke cigarettes are at higher risk of becoming critically ill when compared to non-smokers. In fact, according to a recent study, smokers are 1.45 times more likely to develop serious complications from COVID-19.

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New Brunswick – CCS calls for action on youth vaping during provincial election campaign

Canadian Cancer Society calls for all political parties to commit to youth vaping legislation in platforms

New Brunswick lags far behind other Maritime Provinces in curbing youth vaping

August 31, 2020 (Saint John, New Brunswick): The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on all political parties to adopt meaningful and actionable platform commitments to address significant gaps in cancer prevention and support for those living with cancer and have identified two key issues.  The first priority is an essential component of combating the current youth vaping culture in New Brunswick as outlined in this video (see here), with a clear message: governments need to do more to address youth vaping and increasing the minimum age to 21 is a strong start. “Vaping rates in New Brunswick are reaching epidemic levels. We need government to take strong immediate action by passing a suite of comprehensive measures designed to reduce vaping rates amongst youth,” says Lana Randell, Advocacy Coordinator.

During the 2020 New Brunswick Provincial Election, we continue to encourage the government and all Members of Legislative Assembly to highlight the ongoing tobacco epidemic and create effective policies that will promote healthier lifestyles, protect the next generation of Canadians and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Effective action on vaping must include key policy measures, such as raising the minimum age for e-cigarettes and tobacco to 21, restricting e-cigarette sales to adult-only locations, and removing flavours from e-cigarettes, taxation, amongst others.  Earlier this year, Prince Edward Island adopted legislation to increase the minimum smoking and vaping age to 21 and restrict sales of e-cigarettes to adult-only locations and just announced regulations to eliminate the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes.  Nova Scotia recently implemented regulations to eliminate the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes, cap nicotine levels at 20mg/ml, and a taxation structure on e-cigarette products and e-juice.

A 2019 study, led by Professor David Hammond of the University of Waterloo, found that among those 16-19 years old, vaping increased by a stunning 112% from 2017 to 2019, from 8.4% to 17.8%. “The e-cigarette industry has designed a persuasive and enticing market for youth, and the growing use and popularity of vaping products is a direct threat to the progress made in tobacco control,” says Randell.  “Governments have an opportunity to stem the tide of this growing crisis, and we urge them to act swiftly and decisively.”

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Canada, which is why CCS urges the provincial government to adopt a minimum age of 21. The vast majority of smokers begin smoking before the age of 19 and many of them get and stay addicted. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine concluded that increasing the minimum tobacco sales age to 21 in the U.S. would reduce smoking rates among 15- to 17-year-olds by 25%, and among 18 and 19-year-olds by 15%.  (Video)

The Canadian Cancer Society has identified a second key priority with the need to expedite the implementation of the already approved and funded Palliative Care Strategy to improve access to palliative care for the people of New Brunswick, with cancer patients comprising approximately 80% of patients who receive palliative care.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and shape health policies to prevent cancer and support those living with the disease.

Help us make a difference. Call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca today.

For more information, please contact:

Lana Randell
Canadian Cancer Society
506.634.6276

New Federal Regulations on E-cigarette Advertising

The Government of Canada is taking a number of steps to address the rise in youth vaping. Among these measures, the final Vaping Products Promotion Regulations (VPPR) were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II , July 8, 2020. These new regulations will restrict vaping product promotions aimed at youth to address a key factor that has contributed to the rise in youth vaping.

Please see the Minister of Health’s announcement related to the new regulations at the following link https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2020/07/health-canada-confirms-ban-of-advertising-for-vaping-products-wherever-they-can-be-seen-or-heard-by-youth.html

The VPPR will:

  • prohibit vaping products from being advertised in public spaces if the ads can be seen or heard by youth, whether in brick and mortar stores or online, including on radio and television;
  • prohibit retailers from displaying vaping products at points of sale in a manner that they may be seen by youth, including online; and
  • require that permitted ads (e.g., displayed where youth are not permitted) convey a prescribed health warning statement about the hazards of vaping product use.

The final regulations as well as the associated Regulatory Impact Assessment Statement were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II today, July 8, 2020, and can be found at the following link: http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2020/2020-07-08/html/sor-dors143-eng.html

The regulations come into force 30 days after publication on August 7, 2020, with the exception of the point-of-sale display prohibition, which will come into force 60 days after publication on September 6, 2020.  The List of Health Warnings for Vaping Product Advertising can be found here: https://canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/smoking-tobacco/vaping/product-safety-regulation/list-health-warnings-vaping-product-advertising.html

Smoking and Tobacco – New Brunswick Lung Association

Useful information compiled by the New Brunswick Lung Association related to the health effects of smoking, tobacco, cannabis, and vaping, as well as on how to quit smoking.

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Smoking, Vaping and Tobacco – Health Canada

Learn about vaping, tobacco products, effects of smoking, second-hand smoke, prevention and quitting.

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Statement of Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on COVID-19 and smoking

Below is a Statement from Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on COVID-19 and smoking.  The Statement was issued on May 31, 2020, World No Tobacco Day.  The statement says in part:

“While we continue to learn more about the virus everyday, preliminary scientific evidence suggests a history of smoking may substantially increase the chance of adverse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients. Having an underlying health condition, such as one caused by smoking, also puts you at risk for more serious illness and even death.”

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The New Brunswick Lung Association’s 27th Annual Respiratory Symposium/Webinar Sept. 25th, 2020

The New Brunswick Lung Association invites health-care professionals interested in lung health and air quality to the “The New Brunswick Lung Association’s 27th Annual Respiratory Health Symposium on September 25th, 2020, 8:30 am – 10:30 am. The event this year is in the form of a two hour webinar. There is no registration fee. Once registered you will get a link to the event.

Click the link below to register for this year’s Respiratory Health Symposium, and follow this link to see the 2020 Respiratory Health Symposium Agenda.

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Tobacco-Free Living – New Brunswick Department of Social Development – Wellness Branch

Tobacco free living is essential to a healthy lifestyle! Living tobacco free means avoiding exposure to smoke, not starting to smoke and, if you currently smoke, quitting. Living tobacco free reduces the risk of many chronic diseases and enhances quality of life. Information and links to resources for New Brunswickers who want to live tobacco-free, including quitting smoking, avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke and smoking prevention for children, are provided on this web site.

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Tobacco-Free Living – Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) – Government of New Brunswick

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health promotes tobacco-free living by administering legislation that supports smoke-free public places and restricts both tobacco advertising and sales to youth. The goal is to create environments that will discourage people, especially children from ever starting to use tobacco. Tobacco-free living at home, work and play is important to the health of all New Brunswickers. The Department of Health works closely with the Department of Social Development and other partner organizations to support tobacco-free living initiatives. Information and tools related to the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Spaces Act as well as the New Brunswick Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act are available on this webpage.

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Webinars – Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Listen to recently recorded Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) webinars on a variety of topics.

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WHO – Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease worldwide

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September.

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This was released in advance of World Heart Day, on Sept. 29.

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Tobacco and Cancer

Canadian Cancer Statistics Publication – Canadian Cancer Society – 2019

This publication provides health professionals, researchers, policy-makers and the general public with detailed information about the burden of cancer in Canada. It is developed by the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee through a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada in collaboration with the provincial and territorial cancer registries.

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It’s My Life – Stop Cancer Before It Starts! – Canadian Cancer Society

Discover how 16 factors affect your cancer risk and how you can take action with our interactive tool – It’s My Life!

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Live Smoke-Free -Canadian Cancer Society

Did you know that smoking is responsible for an estimated 30% of all cancer deaths in Canada? It also causes about 85% of lung cancer cases. The facts are clear. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke, the more you increase your risk of developing lung and other cancers. In fact, any smoking at all may cause lung damage. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to quit! No matter how old you are or how long you’ve been smoking, you can reduce your risk of cancer by quitting.

Infographics, videos, games and visual aids help to educate on smoking as a risk factor for cancer on the Canadian Cancer Society website.

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Tobacco and Heart and Lung Health

Know the Risks for Heart Disease and Stroke, by Community – New Brunswick Health Council – 2018

Prevention is the key to reducing heart disease and stroke, and it starts with knowing the risks. The following indicators are all linked to heart disease. For each of the province’s 33 communities, we looked at how many of these indicators are worse than average.

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Cholesterol checks
  • Obesity rates
  • Smoking
  • Eating fruit and vegetables
  • Physical activity
  • Heavy drinking
  • Living in low-income households
  • No high school diploma
  • Discussing health improvement with health professionals
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Podcast: “Tobacco and Heart Health” – NBATC, Heart & Stroke Foundation NB and HEPAC – 2018

The NBATC and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of NB talk about the effects of tobacco on your heart’s health as well as what you can do to promote tobacco-free living in New Brunswick during this Healthy Eating and Physical Coalition (HEPAC) special Q&A podcast commemorating World No Tobacco Day 2018.

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Tobacco and Heart Health – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2017

Fact sheet addressing the effects of tobacco, the advantages of quitting smoking and how tobacco-free environments help protect everyone’s heart health.

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WHO – Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease worldwide

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September.

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This was released in advance of World Heart Day, on Sept. 29.

What is World Heart Day?

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World Heart Day is celebrated every year on 29 September

Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.9 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

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General Health & Wellness

Addressing Stigma: Towards a More Inclusive Health System – Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2019 – Chief Public Health Officer of Public Health in Canada – 2019

Every year, the Chief Public Health Officer writes a report on the state of public health in Canada. These reports raise the profile of public health issues and stimulate dialogue. They can also lead to action in improving and protecting the health of Canadians. The 2019 report first provides a summary of the overall health of Canadians, including how different populations experience poorer health. The rest of the report focuses on stigma, one of the reasons for these differences.

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Health Canada advisory – Unauthorized nicotine buccal pouches may pose serious health risks

Summary
Products:
 Nicotine buccal pouches (placed between the gum and cheek), also known as tobacco-less nicotine pouches and oral nicotine pouches.
Issue: Nicotine buccal pouches are unauthorized in Canada and may pose various serious health risks.
What to do: Do not use unauthorized nicotine buccal pouches.

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Helping New Brunswickers Live Healthier Lives – New Brunswick Medical Society

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The New Brunswick Medical Society believe strongly in being proactive, for the health of our patients and our system. New Brunswick’s future depends on the health of its population. Our health campaigns empower New Brunswickers to take control of their own health. See all our public education campaigns here.

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Improving the Health System – New Brunswick Medical Society

The New Brunswick Medical Society advocates for better health care for New Brunswick patients. This includes offering our suggestions for improvements, as well as speaking up when we think changes will negatively impact patient services. We work to ensure patients receive the best care possible – before they even set foot in a doctor’s office. See a list of our priorities here.

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Minister of Health announces funding for projects to help Canadians stop tobacco use

To mark World No Tobacco Day, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced nearly $4.8 million in funding for organizations across Canada to develop programs and services that will help stop tobacco use among Canadians, and reduce youth vaping.

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Mouvement acadien des communautés en santé (ONLY AVAILABLE IN FRENCH)

Le Mouvement acadien des communautés en santé du Nouveau-Brunswick inc. (MACS-NB) is a community outreach network that promotes the concept of healthy communities. This concept promotes community and local community ownership of health through a collective approach to wellness.

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Podcast Archives – Q&A – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Coalition

A popular podcast series featuring a variety of wellness subjects of interest to New Brunswickers.

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Société santé et mieux-être en français du Nouveau-Brunswick (ONLY AVAILABLE IN FRENCH)

La Société santé et mieux-être en français du Nouveau-Brunswick (SSMEFNB) is a consultative and supportive organization that promotes the improvement of the accessibility, continuity and quality of health services and programs and wellness for the Acadian and Francophone communities of New Brunswick. 

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The Wellness Movement

The Wellness Movement is a collective, ongoing effort in New Brunswick to inspire and support the creation of wellness-supporting environments, including tobacco-free and smoke-free homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Visit their website to join the Movement, find resources about a range of wellness topics, consult an events calendar of activities across the province and get inspired by New Brunswick success stories.

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The Wellness Movement – Determinants of Health Poster

A colorful, bilingual poster presenting the 12 determinants of health adopted as part of New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy. Offered in 8½” by 14″ format to be printed and used as an educational tool to introduce the influence of the determinants of health on an individual’s wellness, or on a population’s general wellness levels.

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The Wellness Movement – Connect with Wellness in your Region

The Wellness Movement’s regional webpages make it easy to connect with your local Wellness Networks, and stay informed about wellness initiatives happening near you. You’ll find event calendars, resources, information, tools, photos, and inspiring stories, as well as a list of Regional Wellness Networks in your area.

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The Wellness Movement – Wellness Tip Card – Tobacco-Free Living – 2019

A tip card about tobacco-free living, one of the focus areas of The Wellness Movement.

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Top 3 in 10 – New Brunswick Medical Society

The New Brunswick Medical Society believes New Brunswick can be one of the top 3 healthiest provinces in 10 years. We imagine a province that supports its citizens to achieve their best health. Want to help us get there? Share our video and our message, and let us know your thoughts. What are your health challenges? What could be changed in your community that would make it easier for you to be healthy? Through simple, smart changes, we can reach our goal of being one of the top 3 healthiest Canadian provinces in 10 years – #top3in10.

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Webinar Archives – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Coalition

Webinars on a variety of wellness subjects of interest to New Brunswickers.

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WHO – Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease worldwide

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September.

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This was released in advance of World Heart Day, on Sept. 29.

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Reports and Statistics – Tobacco and Vaping Products Use and Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke

Achieving Tobacco-Free Living: A Priority in New Brunswick – New Brunswick Health Council – 2017

This infographic presents key statistics related to tobacco use in New Brunswick, including regional data. 

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Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey 2019 – Statistics Canada – 2020d

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling vapour produced by a device such as an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette), vape mod, vaporizer or vape pen.

While some use these devices to curtail or to quit smoking, vaping can also have negative effects, particularly among youth. According to Health Canada, the majority of vaping products contain nicotine, and vaping can lead to nicotine addiction. Vaping may also increase the risk of exposure to other harmful chemicals.

For the first time, Statistics Canada has collected detailed information about vaping. The new Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey aims to shed light on the types of products Canadians are using, how often they are vaping and their reasons for doing so.

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Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) – Statistics Canada (2017)

General population survey of tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadians aged 15 years and older conducted by Statistics Canada on behalf of Health Canada. This national survey provides valuable information to inform approaches to addressing complex health and social issues such as the problematic use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, including opioids and cannabis.

TAKE NOTE!
As of 2019, information on tobacco and vaping product use in the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) has been discontinued and replaced by the Canadian Tobacco & Nicotine and Drugs Survey.

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Cigarette butts are more harmful than plastic straws and stir sticks

Cigarette butts have been identified as a much more frequent waste problem than plastic straws or carrier bags. In the most recent Greats Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, cigarette butts far exceeded other plastic waste.

Continued exceptionalism for the tobacco industry?

It has long been observed that tobacco manufacturers are  frequently exempted from regulations that are applied to other industries. In the case of the federal plastics strategy, Environment and Climate Change Canada has made clear the reasons it is exempting cigarette filters from its ban on single use plastics.

The department established 3 criteria to decide which single-use plastics to ban: 1) whether they were found in the environment, 2) whether they were often not recycled and 3) whether they have readily available alternatives.

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Comparative Federal/Provincial/Territorial Tobacco Tax Rates As of August 1, 2020

200 Cigarettes     200 roll-your-own

cigarettes (100g)

NS      $70.63 ($59.04)    $46.00  ($40.00)

Man    $68.18 ($60.00)  $50.09 ($45.50)

PEI     $65.11 ($55.04)    $31.80 ($27.52)

NB      $61.83 ($51.04)    $30.07  ($25.52)

NWT   $60.80                  $27.20

Sask   $60.65 ($54.00)    $29.82  ($27.00)

Nun     $60.00               $40.00

Yuk     $60.00                   $30.00

N&L    $59.58 ($49.00)    $46.00  ($40.00)

BC      $59.00                  $39.50

Alta     $55.00                   $41.25

Ont     $44.45 ($36.95)     $21.56  ($18.475)

Que    $29.80                   $14.90

federal ~$29.53 ($24.84)  ~$17.45 ($15.53)

Notes re the table:

Inflationary increases are implemented federally each April 1 beginning in 2019.  An inflation increase is to be implemented in the Yukon each January 1, beginning in 2019, provided that the inflation rate is above a minimum threshold, which was not the case for Jan. 2019 nor Jan. 2020.

Here are the tax increases for cigarettes and roll-your-own so far in 2020, with the effective dates:

Jan. 1, 2020      BC        $4.00    $2.00

Feb. 26, 2020    NS        $4.00  $14.00

April 1, 2020     Fed      $0.46    $0.29    federal annual inflationary increase

July 15, 2020    PEI       $5.04    $6.02

PEI has increased tobacco taxes by $5.04 per carton of 200 cigarettes, and by $6.02 per 200 roll-your-own cigarettes (100g), effective July 15, 2020.

Here is a PEI Department of Finance Tobacco Tax Notice regarding the tobacco tax increase:

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Global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025 – World Health Organization

Progress in reducing tobacco use is a key indicator for measuring countries’ efforts to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Countries have adopted this indicator to report progress towards SDG target 3.a and the tobacco reduction target under the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020. This report presents WHO estimates of tobacco use prevalence, numbers or users, and changes between 2000 and 2018, projected to 2025. Estimates are at global, regional and country level.

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Health Characteristics, Annual Estimates (2018): Smoking – Statistics Canada – 2018

Statistics updated yearly. National and provincial data estimates for:

  • Current smoker, daily or occasional
  • Current smoker, daily

Broken down by age group and sex.

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How the pandemic got people smoking again

The pandemic has encouraged us to pick up some pretty bad habits: bingeing (of televisionfood, and alcohol varieties), ghostingdoomscrollingimpulse shopping — but one that seems particularly counterintuitive is smoking. The choice to smoke feels strange right now for so many reasons: It’s an unnecessary expense in a time that has made our wallets tight, nicotine withdrawals can make users jittery, and it puts our lung health at risk.

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My Community at a Glance – New Brunswick Health Council – 2017

The goal of these community profiles, published by the New Brunswick Health Council, is to empower individuals with information about their community to stimulate interest in building healthier communities. The information in each profile (including tobacco use) gives a comprehensive view about the people who live, learn, work, and take part in community life. 33 New Brunswick Community Profile Reports were released in 2017.

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New Brunswick Population Health Data – New Brunswick Health Council

The New Brunswick Health Council (NBHC) was created by legislation in 2008 to report publicly on the performance of the provincial health system and to engage citizens in the improvement of health services quality. All the latest population health data for the province is available on its website.

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Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic – World Health Organization – 2019

The seventh WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic analyses national efforts to implement the most effective measures from the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) that are proven to reduce demand for tobacco.

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Study: Tobacco Use and Food Insecurity in New Brunswick

The aim of this study is to determine the nature of the relationship between smoking, food insecurity, and health outcomes.

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Test your tobacco control knowledge!

How well have you been following tobacco control events in Canada?

Take 10 minutes to test your knowledge of recent events. Bragging rights are a short quiz away!…. (and yes, there are some trick questions).

TAKE THE QUIZ HERE

Information on these and other current topics in tobacco recently released by Physicians For A Smoke-Free Canada can be found here:

Tobacco in Canada Environmental Scan – March 2020
Tobacco Retailing: March 2020
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The Canadian Cancer Society has released an update to the report, University and College 100% Smoke-Free Campuses in Canada: National Status Report

Excellent resource explaining and demonstrating the benefits of a 100% smoke-free campus policy. This report presents a list of all colleges and universities with a smoke-free policy and includes links to examples of smoke-free policies from different post-secondary institutions in Canada.

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WHO – Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease worldwide

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September.

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This was released in advance of World Heart Day, on Sept. 29.

What is World Heart Day?

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Funding & Grants

Funding and grants available to lead tobacco and vaping product education and prevention projects are listed on our Funding & Grants page.