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Smoke-Free Environments – Workplaces
Ensuring all workplaces are smoke-free is not just important for employee wellness; it is required by law! New Brunswick’s Smoke-Free Places Act was first introduced in October 2004, banning smoking in all enclosed public spaces and indoor workplaces. Today, it is illegal to smoke and vape any type of substance in an indoor workplace as well as certain outdoor spaces, such as next to public buildings like workplaces.
Employers can encourage wellness at work in a variety of ways, including promoting and enforcing their smoke-free workplace. However, a comprehensive 100% smoke-free workplace goes beyond simply ensuring employees respect the no smoking and no vaping policy indoors. Employers will see numerous benefits in terms of employee health & wellness, as well as satisfaction and productivity at work, by implementing the following additional measures:
- Realizing that smoking and vaping product use is not a bad habit, it is an addiction. People who have an addiction to nicotine need encouragement and support to quit – and their chances of success triple if they are followed by a dedicated health care professional.* Employers can educate themselves and their employees on the addictive properties of nicotine and the various tools and smoking cessation resources available in the community. Smokers need encouragement, support, and access to the right resources to quit – not shaming! (Source: Helping a Loved One Quit Smoking – NBATC)
- Offering free nicotine replacement therapies at work for employees to manage cravings, as well covering the costs of smoking cessation aids for employees who want to quit smoking, referring those employees to free counselling and support to increase their chances of success, and offering incentives to support employee wellness in general.
- If their property is quite large, choosing to adopt a 100% smoke-free outdoor environment policy on the entirety of the work property (and thus enforcing a smoke-free zone that goes beyond the required 9m zone next to of doorways, windows and air intakes of the building). Having a 100% smoke-free outdoor environment policy means absolutely no designated smoking areas allowed at all on the property, including inside cars in parking lots. Employees will enjoy no longer being exposed to second-hand smoke in the parking lot or on their way into work. Having a 100% smoke-free outdoor environment policy will also make the property cleaner (fewer cigarette butts) as well as help employees who are quitting smoking succeed since they will be less exposed to triggers. Many former smokers who work in businesses, institutions and organizations that have implemented a 100% smoke-free outdoor environment policy also report that this policy motivated them to finally take the extra steps needed to succeed at quitting smoking!
Employers who choose to adopt this approach should ensure that smoking cessation supports are offered to employees to ensure adherence to the policy. The New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) believes we all win when we can live, work, and play in 100% smoke-free environments! We encourage employers and employees to be Wellness Champions by working together to implement a comprehensive 100% smoke-free policy – both indoors and outdoors! Contact us for help and support!
Legislation & Policies
The New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act prohibits smoking and vaping tobacco, cannabis and all other substances in all indoor workplaces. The Smoke-Free Places Act also prohibits smoking and vaping in a variety of outdoor public environments. All employers should ensure that their workplace also respects these outdoor smoke-free designated areas, where applicable. See our Smoke-Free Environments page for the complete list. One of the designated smoke-free zones that ALL workplace buildings need to consider is the following:
- No smoking/no vaping within nine metres of doorways, windows and air intakes of enclosed public places and indoor workplaces.
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. (link to Smoke-Free Environments quick find page from the website)
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.
Of particular interest:
Resources for a Smoke-Free Workplace
Smoking Cessation in the Workplace: A Guide to Helping Your Employees Quit Smoking – Health Canada – 2008
This guide is for employers and others who promote health in the workplace. It outlines the reasons why workplaces should get involved and support employees’ efforts to cut down or quit smoking. It also provides practical, relevant material on smoking cessation that can be used either as part of a comprehensive wellness program or as an initiative on its own. The kinds of smoking cessation activities that can be offered are explained, the necessary steps are outlined, and handouts, tools and a list of further resources and references are also included.
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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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A number of tools were created to make it easy to align your messaging and promotional materials with those of The Wellness Movement. They are designed to be customized to fit your needs and have a professional look and feel, whether it be sharable visuals for social media, promotional tools to help promote your Wellness Week events, or kits to help you create or enhance various types of wellness-supporting environments.
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Each year, Wellness Week (October 1st to 7th) provides an opportunity to recognize everyone’s efforts in promoting wellness and growing The Wellness Movement in New Brunswick. Plan an event to celebrate! This toolkit provides information, ideas and tools to help you get started, or enhance your existing planning efforts.
The Workplace Wellness Movement brings people together and shares resources to help employers and employees create wellness-supporting environments in New Brunswick workplaces.
This web portal features information, tools and inspiring stories to help employers and employees as they work together in creating a workplace that is supportive of wellness for everyone. It was created by a group of passionate workplace wellness practitioners and stakeholders who carefully selected all of the content from a variety of sources.
Webinar: “Smoking Cessation and the Workplace” – New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition – 2015 GalleryEnvironments - Workplaces - Resources for a Smoke-Free Workplace, Work Together - Learning Opps - NBATC Webinars and Podcasts
With Louiѕe Chenier, Workplace Health and Wellness Research with the Leadership and Human Resources Research Division of The Conference Board of Canada. Webinar discusses new research that explores smoking in the workplace, including why employers have a role to play in an integrated approach to smoking cessation programs. Explores barriers that employers face when trying to introduce or implement smoking cessation programs and showcases strategies that have made some organizations successful in reducing the number of employees who smoke. The session highlights recommendations to help guide employers to develop evidence-based smoking cessation programs in the workplace.
Workplace Tobacco Cessation Initiatives for Young Adults – PTTC and Propel Centre for Population Health Impact – 2012
An overview of the most recent literature on young adult smoking behaviour, including issues related to smoking among blue collar and service workers.
Funding & Grants
Funding and grants available for tobacco and vaping product use prevention, integrating smoking cessation in your workplace and making your workplace smoke-free are listed on our Funding & Grants page.
Are you an employer, community leader, 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.