Society congratulates province for banning smoking in public places frequented by children

27 May 2015

New Brunswick -

The Canadian Cancer Society supports the Government of New Brunswick’s announcement today to expand the Smoke-Free Places Act to include a ban on smoking in public places frequented by children.

“We are pleased to see the Government of New Brunswick taking steps toward protecting the health of our youth,” said Anne McTiernan-Gamble, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick. “These measures will reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and decrease negative role modeling for children. They also have the potential to lower our smoking rates, which are among the highest in Canada.”

If passed, today’s legislation will ban smoking on patios and all similar outdoor public places where food and alcohol is served; 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; and within the boundaries of provincial parks except within the boundaries of rented campsites, golf courses and designated areas within the park. The proposed amendments will also ban the use of e-cigarettes and water pipes anywhere that traditional smoking is not presently allowed.

The Canadian Cancer Society is urging the Government of New Brunswick to build on today’s legislation and include a ban on flavoured tobacco products, including menthol, as a next step. Flavoured tobacco products are highly favoured by youth. The most recent Youth Smoking Survey revealed that of the New Brunswick high school students who use tobacco, 52% use flavoured tobacco, and among New Brunswick high school students who smoke, 38% smoke menthol.

“Flavoured tobacco is a major threat to young people’s health, and including menthol is absolutely vital,” Ms. McTiernan-Gamble said.

There is an increasing trend across Canada to ban sales of flavoured tobacco, including menthol.  In Nova Scotia, legislation was tabled April 17, received third reading on April 28, and will come into effect on May 31. Ontario legislation received third reading just yesterday.  Quebec legislation received first reading on May 5. Alberta has banned flavoured tobacco but not menthol, though the new Alberta Government has had a policy of supporting a ban on menthol.

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For more information, please contact:

Paula White

Manager, Communications, CCSNB

Phone: (506) 634-6040