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Resources Library – Prevent Smoking – Children

Education and Prevention Resources for Children

Health Concerns: Tobacco – Youth Zone – Health Canada

Too many young Canadians are still tempted by smoking. By giving you the facts about what smoking means to your body, your environment and who’s actually benefiting from the sale of tobacco products, we hope you’ll make an informed decision about lighting up.

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Prevention and Education Resources for Parents and Educators

You will also find general resources on tobacco education and prevention on our Prevention – Adults page.

Consider the Consequences of Vaping – Health Canada – 2019

Campaign aimed at youth to tackle increasing vaping rates among this demographic. Many useful tools are available for parents and educators to talk to teens about vaping.

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Healthy School Planner – Joint Consortium for School Health

The Healthy School Planner is a free tool that schools can use to assess the current health environment and build a plan to make improvements.

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Healthy School Planner: How to Use – Joint Consortium for School Health

At a glance information on how to use the Joint Consortium for School Health’s Healthy School Planner.

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Heart Smart Kids – Heart & Stoke Foundation – 2019

The Heart Smart Kids (HSK) program is for grades K to 6 in Indigenous communities across the country. This program is designed to help educators teach children and families how to lead healthy lifestyles by providing free print resources for every student. A section about Tobacco-Free living is included. If you are a teacher or health educator of students in grades K-6, register and complete the short and convenient online training to become an official Heart Smart Kids educator – certificate included! After completing the training you will have access to background information on each health topic, online support, options to share stories and feedback, plus easy annual reordering – all for free!

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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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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 – School Wellness Toolkit

Designed to complement existing wellness initiatives in NB schools, the School Wellness Toolkit offers information and fresh ideas to help you champion The Wellness Movement in your school.

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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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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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Tobacco-Free Schools Action Guide – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition, Canadian Cancer Society and Health Canada – 2006

The tobacco-free schools initiative uses a comprehensive school health approach to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use by changing the school environment through programs, services, supports and policies.

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Reports and Statistics: Tobacco and Vaping Products Use & Children Exposed 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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Asthma Hospitalizations Among Children and Youth in Canada: Trends and Inequalities – Canadian Institute for Health Information – 2018

Asthma hospitalizations in Canada among those aged 0-19 have decreased by 50% over a decade. As the report notes, smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke are risk factors for asthma exacerbation, especially in children. The decline in smoking during this period and reduced exposure to second-hand smoke would have contributed to the decrease in asthma hospitalizations among those 19 and under.

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Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CSTADS) – Statistics Canada (2018-2019)

Survey of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use among Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 conducted by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo for Health Canada. Note: New Brunswick did not participate in the 2016 – 2017 and 2018-2018 CSTADS. The 2018-19 CSTADS was integrated into the administration of the New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey for Grades 6 – 12.

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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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NB Elementary Student Wellness Survey (K-5) – New Brunswick Department of Social Development (2016-2017)

Survey of wellness (including exposure to smoke) among students in grades 4 and 5 and parents of students in kindergarten to grade 5 across schools in New Brunswick conducted by the New Brunswick Health Council as part of a provincial initiative of the Wellness Branch of the Department of Social Development in co-operation with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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NB Student Wellness Survey (Grades 6-12) – New Brunswick Department of Social Development (2018-2019)

Survey on wellness (including tobacco use and vaping) among students in grades 6 to 12 across schools in New Brunswick conducted by the New Brunswick Health Council as part of a provincial initiative of the Wellness Branch of the Department of Social Development in co-operation with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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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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Susceptibility to Smoking Amongst Youth in New Brunswick – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition and New Brunswick Health Council – 2014

Susceptibility to smoking is defined as “the absence of a firm decision not to smoke.” This represents youth who have never tried smoking, but are at risk of smoking in the future. Susceptibility is therefore useful for predicting which youth may become smokers. This document presents statistics related to New Brunswick youth as well as some ideas on how parents and teachers can take action to reduce susceptibility to smoking among youth.

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Dangers of Exposure to Second & Third-Hand Smoke

See our Smoke-Free Environments page for information on the importance of smoke-free environments and the dangers of second and third-hand smoke.

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Legislation & Policies

Many pieces of legislation are in place -in New Brunswick and in Canada – to limit young people’s exposure to second-hand smoke, as well as access to tobacco and vaping products. Visit our Legislation page to learn more.

Funding & Grants

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