Government of New Brunswick


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.


Health effects of smoking

Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable disease, disability and death in Canada. It is responsible for more than 30,000 deaths per year in Canada. This translates into a Canadian dying every 12 minutes from a tobacco related disease…read more

There has been great progress over the past 20 years in reducing tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke. In New Brunswick, the smoking prevalence was 36% in 1985 and dropped significantly to 18.8% in 2011.

Since October 2004, all New Brunswick indoor workplaces and enclosed public places are 100% smoke free! For answers to your questions on the Smoke-Free Places Act, visit our Smoke-free Places website or call for information or to report a violation (make a complaint) the Department of Health Smoke-Free Places Act Information Line at 1-866-234-4234. In January 2010, the Act was amended to restrict smoking in vehicles with children under the age of 16.  

Did you know?

  • 6.9% of the New Brunswick non‐smoking population (ages 12 and over) who reported that at least one person smoked inside their home every day or almost every day. Smoking includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes (New Brunswick Health Council, 2012).
  • 17.3% of New Brunswickers (ages 15 and up) are current smokers, higher than the Canadian average of 16.7% (CTUMS, 2012).
  • The average cigarettes smoked per day by daily smokers in New Brunswick (ages 15 and up) is 15.2; higher than the Canadian average of 15.0 (CTUMS, 2012).
  • 27% of all students reported that they had “ever tried” smoking and 12% reported they had smoked in the last 30 days (New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey, Grades 6 to 12, 2012 – 2013).
  • 24% of students who have never smoked a cigarette reported low confidence in their ability to remain smoke-free in the future (New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey, Grades 6 to 12, 2012 - 2013).

There is still much work to be done!

Tobacco use remains a significant cause of premature disease, disability and death.

The dark side? Short-term effects like bad breath, stained teeth, clothes and fingers, and difficulty with physical activity and sports. Long-term, there is a risk of developing over 24 diseases and conditions, such as lung cancer, heart disease and severe breathing conditions.

The brighter side? Quitting at any age has health benefits and being tobacco-free will help you and your family live a longer, healthier life.

Through the provincial Wellness Strategy, we are working collaboratively to create a culture of well-being in New Brunswick where living tobacco-free is the norm, not the exception, and where it’s easy for everyone to make healthy choices. 

The New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) is an organization composed of a group of stakeholders who are interested in tobacco control and the implementation of an Anti-Tobacco Strategy in New Brunswick. The vision of NBATC is a tobacco-free province and it strives to work collaboratively with stakeholders to change attitudes, behaviors and environments towards tobacco products and their use in order to build support for anti-tobacco initiatives.



The good news!  Benefits of living tobacco-free…

You and your family will live healthier and longer (former smokers live longer than smokers)… read more


Avoiding Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

The best way to protect your family from second-hand smoke at home is not to allow the smoking of cigarettes, cigars or pipes in your residence or car. It's that simple… and it's also not complicated…read more



What parents should know -  most children start smoking between the ages of 11 and 13 years, but they can experiment at any age! The following tips will provide you with techniques on how to prevent your child from smoking…read more


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