Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in Canada. According to the most recent data from the Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS), the current smoking prevalence in New Brunswick is 19%, still higher than the national smoking prevalence of 17%. New Brunswick’s smoking rate among 20-24 year olds remains alarmingly high at 25%.
Banning smoking in outdoor spaces
Currently, the Smoke-Free Places Act restricts tobacco use in only one outdoor venue: school grounds. According to a recent poll commissioned by the Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick, there is significant public support for legislation that would designate specific outdoor spaces as smoke-free, particularly entrances and exits and spaces frequented by children.
The Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick is calling on the Government of New Brunswick to amend the Smoke-Free Places Act to include:
- Entrances, exits and air intakes of all public buildings (six metres).
- Outdoor bars and patios with designated perimeters.
- All provincially-designated parks.
- All children’s playgrounds.
- Recreational/sports fields.
Despite recent federal regulations on cigarillo sales, product redesign by tobacco companies has promoted continued and widespread availability of flavoured tobacco in New Brunswick. Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (2011) data reported that 29.7% of New Brunswick youth aged 15-19 have tried cigarillos and 18.9% have tried cigars. This trend is a major cause for concern, particularly as flavoured tobacco products are marketed directly to youth.
The Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick is calling on the Government of New Brunswick to amend the Tobacco Sales Act to prohibit the sale of all flavoured tobacco products not covered by federal legislation.
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