Youth & Young Adults2019-12-03T20:56:30+00:00

Resources Library – Prevent Smoking – Youth and Young Adults

Education and Prevention – Resources for Youth and Young Adults

Digital Influencers – Consider the Consequences of Vaping – 2019

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Freeze the Industry – Youth and Young Adults Campaign in Support of Plain and Standardized Tobacco Packaging

Freeze the Industry is a large and fast-growing network of youth activists standing against the tobacco industry. Their mission is to expose the false sense of power tobacco companies have on society and make them accountable for the harm they cause.

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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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Make Your Home and Car Smoke-Free: Information for Youth – Health Canada – 2015

Are you concerned that your parents smoke inside your home or family car? This guide is intended to help you get rid of second-hand smoke in your home and car by giving you tips to get your family on-board.

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Movie Influences on Tobacco Use in Adolescents – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2017

Infographic showing how movies influence adolescents to start using tobacco products.

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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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Social Media Influences on Tobacco Use in Adolescents – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2017

Infographic showing how social media influences adolescents to start using tobacco products.

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Video: “Consider the Consequences of Vaping” – Health Canada – 2019

Even though vaping is less harmful than smoking, there are still consequences for you to consider. Vaping can expose you to chemicals that could harm your health. This video is aimed at youth and is part of Health Canada’s Consider the Consequences of Vaping education campaign.

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Education and Prevention – Resources for Parents and Teachers

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

“Why You Don’t Want to Become a Drug Addict by Smoking Cigarettes or Vaping Nicotine” (PowerPoint Presentation) – NB Lung Association

Topics covered in this presentation include: nicotine addiction, cancer/COPD/ other conditions, chemicals in tobacco and e-cigarettes/vape juice, history of cigarettes and the role big tobacco plays in the push to get more people addicted, contraband cigarettes, vaping risks, practising breathing as if you have COPD, role-playing to say no when offered cigarettes or e-cigarettes/vape pens, and taking a no-smoking / no vaping / no using drugs pledge. Contact Barbara Walls at barbara.walls@nb.lung.ca for more information on this presentation.

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Brochure – Vaping – Know the Risks – NB Lung Association – 2019

Public information brochure developed by the New Brunswick Lung Association. Very useful for parents to share with their children/teens and for teachers to share with their students.

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Brochure – Youth Smoking – New Brunswick Lung Association

Some educational information about why youth start smoking as well as resources to help them quit.

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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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COVID, youth, and substance use: Critical messages for youth and families

The Canadian Pediatric Society has published a new article that encourages pediatricians and other health professionals who work with youth and families to communicate the message that smoking and vaping may increase their risk of acquiring the COVID-19 infection.

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Federal Tobacco Tax Inflationary Increase of 46 cents Per Carton Takes Effect April 1

As of April 1, 2020, federal tobacco taxes will increase by $0.46 cents per carton of 200 cigarettes, and $0.29 per 200 roll-your-own cigarettes.

This is as a result of an inflationary increase to federal tobacco tax rates that takes effect every April 1.

Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada have recently written an article that describes how Canadians pay less for cigarettes than do citizens of most other developed countries.

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Health Canada’s Departmental Plan for 2020-21

Health Canada will advance implementation of Canada’s Tobacco Strategy, a modernized approach for successful tobacco control with the goal of achieving the target of less than 5% tobacco use by 2035.

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Lung Cancer Education (Including Risks Related to Vaping) – Toolkit for Teachers – Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec – 2019 (ONLY IN FRENCH)

Free educational kit for teachers, aimed at students aged 12 to 17. It was designed to educate young people about the importance of preventing lung cancer. Different questions related to the lung, lung cancer and its main risk factor, tobacco cigarettes, are discussed. In addition, given the craze, but also the multiple respiratory problems recently reported in connection with vaping, it seemed important to make an update on this subject.

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New legislation for PEI now in effect

In PEI, new legislation establishing age 21 for tobacco and e-cigarettes, and requiring e-cigarette sales to be in specialty stores only, came into effect March 1, 2020.

PEI becomes the first province to establish age 21, and the first to require that e-cigarettes be sold in specialty stores only.  The minimum age 21 provision will not apply to anyone who was 19 as of March 1, 2020.

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Preventing Problematic Substance Abuse in Youth – Chief Public Health Officer, Government of Canada – 2018

Learn what you can do to raise awareness about prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery related to substance abuse, including tobacco, among youth.

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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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Stop Youth Vaping – Heart & Stroke Foundation – 2020

Campaign and an e-advocacy site urging action on youth vaping.

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Talking With Your Teen About Vaping: A Tip Sheet for Parents – Health Canada – 2019

Useful public health information about vaping and tips on how to talk to teens about it.

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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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Vaping – The Mechanics – Health Canada – 2018

Describes how vaping devices work and the chemicals used for vaping devices.

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Webinar: “Electronic Cigarette Use Among Quebec High School Students”- New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition -2015

With Annie Montreuil, PhD, public health researcher at Institut national de santé publique du Québec.  This study is one of the first allowing an estimate of the use of electronic cigarettes among youth in Quebec, students from grades 6 to 11. Data shows that the awareness of electronic cigarettes is high among students. More than one third (34%) of high school students in Quebec have tried electronic cigarettes and 6% have used them in the past 30 days, proportions that are higher than those found in the United States.

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Webinar: “We Do Not Smoke But Some of Us Are More Susceptible than Others: A Multilevel Analysis of a Sample of Canadian Youth in Grades 9 to 12.” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2015

With Dr. Susan Kaai. Smoking susceptibility has been found to be a strong predictor of experimental smoking. This paper examined which student- and school-level factors differentiated susceptible never smokers from non-susceptible never smokers among a nationally representative sample of Canadian students in grades 9 to 12.

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While You Were Streaming: Smoking On Demand – Truth Initiative (USA) – 2019

Research Report and news release. Tobacco depictions in youth-rated TV content has risen by more than 379% in one year with “Stranger Things” once again, emerging as the worst offender.

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Youth Exposure to Tobacco in Movies in Ontario: 2002-2018 – Ontario Tobacco Research Unit – 2019

This report by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) examines onscreen tobacco exposure among Ontario youth over the period 2012 to 2018. Over half of top-grossing movies (56%) featured tobacco. Of the movies with tobacco content, 87% were youth-rated.

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Reports and Statistics – Tobacco and Vaping Products Use & 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 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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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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Cannabis and Youth: By the Numbers – New Brunswick Health Council – 2019

Here is what we currently know about cannabis use by youth in New Brunswick.

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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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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.

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.