Smoke-Free Environments Resources2020-01-03T14:37:22+00:00

Resources – Smoke-Free Environments

In the last decade, there has been a considerable effort to ban smoking indoors such as in restaurants, community centres, and other public spaces. Most New Brunswickers know that the reason we have banned smoking in public indoor spaces is that second-hand smoke isn’t good for them. In more recent years, we have also learned that breathing second-hand smoke in outdoor spaces is equally unhealthy.

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Contrary to popular belief, the wind doesn’t simply blow smoke away. Research shows outdoor second-hand smoke can be as harmful as indoor second-hand smoke. (Source: Making My Outdoor Event Smoke-Free – NBATC)

In July 2015, the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act expanded the areas in which smoking is not permitted to include many public outdoor settings. The Smoke-Free Places Act also prohibits vaping (the use of electronic cigarettes, water pipes, and all other vaping devices) in these same areas. Its definition of “smoke” was broadened in November 2016 to any substance that is intended to be inhaled or exhaled (tobacco, cannabis, e-juices for vaping devices, and all other substances).

Smoke-free outdoor environments in our communities support wellness by:

  • Protecting children and adults from second-hand smoke;
  • Assisting those who have quit or are trying to quit;
  • Discouraging tobacco and vaping product use initiation by decreasing negative role modelling for children; and
  • Protecting children, wildlife, and the environment from toxic litter.
    (Source: Outdoor Spaces – Smoke Free for All – NBATC)

We all win when we can live, work, and play in 100% smoke-free environments! Below you will find many resources to help you better understand the dangers of second and third-hand smoke, legislation and required signage in the province concerning smoke-free public spaces, as well as create your own smoke-free policy for an outdoor space or event not already covered by the Smoke-Free Places Act

Dangers of Exposure to Second and Third Hand Smoke

Brochure – Second-Hand Smoke – New Brunswick Lung Association

Two-thirds of the smoke produced by tobacco spreads into the ambient air. Anyone within close range of an active smoker cannot help but breathe in this tobacco smoke, and therefore becomes a passive smoker. This brochure educates about the dangers of second-hand smoke in the home.

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Issues: Second-Hand Smoke – The Tobacco Atlas – 2019

Secondhand smoke kills nearly 900,000 people every year, yet one-quarter of people globally remain exposed. Some groups, such as non-smoking women and those in lower socioeconomic strata, are often at higher risk of exposure and related burden.

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Multi-Unit Dwellings and Second-Hand Smoke – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2016

Infographic showcasing facts about second-hand smoke in multi-unit dwellings.

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Outdoor Spaces: Smoke-Free for All – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2015

A fact sheet developed to outline the benefits of smoke-free outdoor spaces.

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Second-Hand Smoke Affects Them Too. Your Beloved Pet is Another Reason to Live Tobacco-Free! – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2017

Explores the dangers of tobacco and vaping products in the home with regards to the safety and well-being of domestic animals.

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Second-Hand Smoke and Children – Reasons to Act – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2016

Infographic explaining how second-hand smoke negatively impacts children.

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Second-hand smoke gets into your eyes (and lungs): Second-hand smoke – Canadian Veterinary Medical Association – 2017

Facts about the negative effects of second-hand smoke exposure among domestic animas.

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Smoke Is Smoke! – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2019

Sheds light on the dangers of second-hand smoke from tobacco as well as cannabis. This fact sheet also addresses vaping and reminds people to respect smoke-free environments in New Brunswick, which prohibit smoking and vaping. We all win when we can live, work and play in 100% smoke-free environments!

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Smoke-Free Housing Month – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2016

Infographic. June is smoke-free housing month! Some facts about the dangers of second smoke and the benefits of smoke-free homes.

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Third-Hand Smoke – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2016

Infographic. Third-hand smoke refers to the toxic chemicals in smoke that remain trapped in such things as hair, skin, carpet, furniture and toys long after a cigarette has been extinguished. 

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What Is Third-Hand Smoke? – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2016

Infographic. Educational information about the dangers and effects of third-hand smoke in the home. 

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Legislation

New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act

To protect everyone from the dangers of second and third-hand smoke, help smokers who are trying to quit as well as lower tobacco and vaping product use initiation rates, the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act prohibits smoking and vaping tobacco, cannabis and all other substances in a variety of indoor and outdoor public environments.

Indoor environments:

  • in enclosed public places;
  • in indoor work spaces;
  • in a group living facility;
  • in a public vehicle;
  • in a vehicle while another person in the vehicle is under the age of 16;
  • in a vehicle used in the course of employment while carrying two or more employees.

Outdoor environments:

  • on the grounds of a school;
  • on patios and all similar outdoor public facilities where food and/or alcohol is served and within three metres of the patio’s boundary;
  • within nine metres of doorways, windows and air intakes of enclosed public places and indoor workplaces;
  • on or within 20 metres of children’s equipment and sports areas located in an outdoor public place;
  • on or within nine metres of a public walking or jogging trail in an outdoor public place;
  • within the boundaries of provincial parks except within the boundaries of rented campsites, golf courses and designated areas within the park;
  • all regional health authority grounds.

Definition of “smoke” in the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act

According to the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act, “smoke” means “(a) to smoke, hold or otherwise have control over an ignited tobacco product or another ignited substance that is intended to be smoked, or (b) to inhale or exhale vapour from, or to hold or otherwise have control over, (i) an activated electronic cigarette, (ii) an activated water pipe, or (iii) another activated device containing a substance that is intended to be inhaled or exhaled.”

New Brunswick’s Cannabis Control Act

Under the New Brunswick Cannabis Control Act, consuming retail cannabis in any type of public place is prohibited. It is also illegal to consume cannabis in a vehicle and to drive under the influence of cannabis. (Medical cannabis; however, can be smoked or vaped in public where smoking and vaping are not already prohibited by the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act.)

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Reporting Smoking and Vaping Violations

The best approach when you see someone smoking or vaping tobacco, cannabis or any other substance in a designated smoke-free area is to politely remind this person to please respect the smoke-free nature of this public space. You can also notify the building owner or appropriate authorities that violations to the Smoke-Free Places Act are happening and that it is their responsibility to enforce the smoke-free nature of their public space.

Repeat offences should be promptly reported to the Smoke-Free Places Act Information line. New Brunswick peace officers and inspectors are able to issue tickets to individuals who smoke or vape tobacco, cannabis or any other substance, in public places where smoking and vaping are banned, as well as building owners who do not enforce the regulations of the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act (appropriate signage, etc.). The Smoke-Free Places Act Information Line toll-free number is 1-866-234-4234.

For questions and complaints involving cannabis use in public places not already designated as smoke-free, as well as the illegal sale or possession of cannabis, it is recommended to contact your local police department.

Smoke-Free Environment Signs

Requirements regarding signage in New Brunswick for designated smoke-free environments are detailed in this document:
New Brunswick Regulations – Under the Smoke-Free Places Act.

It stipulates:

  • A sign prohibiting smoking shall be posted at each entrance to an enclosed public place or indoor workplace and be clearly visible to persons entering.
  • A sign prohibiting smoking shall be posted in each public vehicle and be clearly visible to members of the public.
  • A sign prohibiting smoking shall be posted in each outdoor public place and be clearly visible to members of the public.
  • A sign prohibiting smoking shall
    • be in the form of the international graphic symbol depicted in Schedule A to the Regulation,
    • include a red circle bisected by a red interdictory stroke,
    • be printed on a white background, and
    • be at least 65 mm in diameter
  • A sign prohibiting smoking may contain text consistent with the purpose of the sign.

For more information on signage – consult this webpage:
Tobacco-Free Living – Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) – Government of New Brunswick

Below you will find a list of downloadable signs that follow these rules. Building owners can also make their own signs, so long as they follow the signage regulations detailed above. If you do not see a sign applicable to your smoke-free environment space and are undertain on how to make your own sign, we encourage you to contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) – Government of New Brunswick with your request.

Official No Smoking/No Vaping Signs – Smoke-Free Places Act – Outdoor Environments – Produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health – Public Health

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Smoke-Fee Environment Signs for 100% Smoke-Free Outdoor Environments – Produced by the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC)

You can use these signs as additional signage for outdoor spaces that are smoke-free beyond the Smoke-Free Places Act requirements.

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Smoke-Fee Outdoor Event Signs – Produced by the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC)

You can use these signs for outdoor events that are 100% smoke-free.

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Learning Opportunities – Smoke-Free Environments

Community leaders, health care professionals and policy makers will want to consult these resources for:

  • statistics on smoking rates and exposure to second-hand smoke;
  • public health information on smoking and vaping; and
  • aligning their efforts with those already underway nationally and provincially.

A complete list of online learning opportunities is also available on our Online Learning Opportunities page.

There are also many helpful resources under our Prevention and Quit Smoking menus in our Explore Resources Library.

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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Canada’s Tobacco Strategy – Health Canada – 2018

Each year, 45,000 Canadians die from a tobacco-related disease. Canada’s Tobacco Strategy will help us reach the goal of less than 5% tobacco use by 2035.

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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.

2017
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Commercial Tobacco Policy Pack: Local and provincial/territorial governments – Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – 2019

Use this policy pack to gather evidence for policy interventions about the use of commercial tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

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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.

2016-2017
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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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New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy (2019-2023) – A Tobacco and Smoke-Free Province for All – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2019

New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy 2019-2023 was prepared by the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) with stakeholders and key partners engaged in the process. This Strategy belongs to everyone in New Brunswick who values the health, wellness, social and economic benefits of tobacco-free living and smoke-free environments

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New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy (2019-2023) – Infographic – Goals and Objectives – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2019

A handy visual aid presenting all the goals and objectives in New Brunswick’s Tobacco-Free Living Strategy (2019-2023) which stakeholders, partners, community groups and individuals can download, print and share.

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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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Tobacco and Health: From Cells to Society – Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

This graduate-level course is offered via webinar to students across Canada through the Graduate Department of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of tobacco and tobacco-related issues from a public health perspective.

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Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice – Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Comprehensive and evidence-based online course on tobacco control for public health professionals and others working in tobacco control that provides the opportunity for self-study in major areas of tobacco control: cessation, protection, prevention, and evaluation.

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Webinar: “Breathing Easy: Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Spaces and Events in New Brunswick” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2016

With Nina van der Pluijm, Senior Program and Policy Advisor, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick Department of Health. This webinar explainѕ the recent addition of many outdoor public spaces to the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act, as well as tools and reѕourceѕ communities can use to promote outdoor ѕmoke-free ѕpaceѕ and eventѕ.

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