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Smoke-Free Environments – Schools
All elementary, middle and high schools in New Brunswick (K-12) are required by the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act to be 100% smoke-free (inside as well as outside – on all school grounds). All schools must also follow Policy 702 – Tobacco-Free Schools (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development). Having tobacco and smoke-free schools is one of the many ways we can protect our children and youth from dangerous exposure to second-hand smoke as well as discourage tobacco and vaping product use intake and a lifelong dependence.
The rising popularity of vaping products in Canada and in New Brunswick, particularly among youth, has many educators and parents worried. It is important to note that vaping is prohibited inside schools and all on school grounds – just as smoking is – by the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act as well as by Policy 702 – Tobacco-Free Schools (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development). Educators, parents, and community leaders must educate children and youth on the health effects and risks of vaping. Youth vaping is also a topic that the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) is following closely. In 2019, we launched a Provincial Working Group on Youth and Young Adult vaping to help stakeholders throughout the province share resources and actions that can be taken to address this alarming issue. You will find resources on this topic via our Hot Topic: Vaping page.
Legislation and Policies
As per the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act, it is prohibited to smoke and vape tobacco, cannabis and other type of substance
- in all indoor enclosed public places (this includes all school K-12, as well as post-secondary institutions); and
- on the grounds of a school.
All K-12 schools must also follow Policy 702 – Tobacco-Free Schools (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) which states:
“The use of tobacco, as defined in this policy and in the Smoke-free Places Act, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited at all times:
- on all school premises,
- in schools vehicles (i.e., vehicles used by school districts for transporting students), and
- in vehicles on school premises.
See our Smoke-Free Environments page for the complete list of all designated smoke-free spaces required by law in New Brunswick.
Reporting Smoking and Vaping Violations
See our Smoke-Free Environments page.
See our Smoke-Free Environments page for information on signage requirements, as well as downloadable signs and templates.
Dangers of Exposure to Second and 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 – in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Of particular interest:
Education and Prevention in Schools
There are also many resources on our Prevention – Children and Prevention – Youth and Young Adults pages.
Reports and Statistics – Tobacco and Vaping Products Use & Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke
See our Prevention – Children and Prevention – Youth and Young Adults pages.
Funding & Grants
Funding and grants available for tobacco and vaping product use prevention are listed on our Funding & Grants page.
Are you a school administrator, student leader, concerned parent, health care professional, or policymaker? Recommended resources to consult are listed on our Smoke-Free Environments page for you to learn more about:
- statistics on smoking rates and exposure to second-hand and third-hand smoke;
- public health information on smoking and vaping; and
- aligning your efforts with those already underway nationally and provincially.