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Smoke-Free Environments – Sports & Recreation

Tobacco and smoke-free sports mean that:

  • players, participants, coaches, sports administrators, leaders, officials, and spectators do not use tobacco and vaping products while involved in sporting activities;
  • participants and spectators of sporting events are not exposed to second-hand smoke; and
  • there is no tobacco and vaping product advertising, sponsorship or marketing at sports events or venues.
    (Source: Tobacco-Free Sports Program Handbook – Sports NB)

There are several important reasons why sports should be tobacco and moke-free, including;

  • to protect athletes, spectators, officials, and volunteers from the harm caused by second-hand smoke;
  • to help create supportive environments and positive social norms for tobacco and smoke-free behaviours;
  • to eliminate the mixed messages that the community receives through tobacco and vaping products advertising and its connection with sporting events; and
  • to send a message that the health of all of those involved in sports, whether as athletes, spectators, officials, administrators, or volunteers, is important.
    (Source: Tobacco-Free Sports Program Handbook – Sport NB)

Smoke and Vape Free NB (SVFNB) encourages coaches, parents, athletes, and volunteers to be Wellness Champions by educating on the dangers and risks of tobacco and vaping products use and making the conscious decision to ensure their team follows a tobacco and smoke-free policy. Contact us for help and advice!

Legislation & Policies

In addition to ensuring a no tobacco and vaping product use policy for your team, coaches should be aware of no-smoking/no vaping designated smoke-free environments required by the New Brunswick Smoke-Free Places Act, which, since July 2015, includes many outdoor settings where sports & recreation take place, such as:

  • on the grounds of a school; and 
  • on or within 20 metres of children’s equipment and sports areas located in an outdoor public place.

See our Smoke-Free Environments page for the complete list of all designated smoke-free spaces required by law in New Brunswick.

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.

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 – in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Of particular interest:

Tobacco and Vaping Products – Education and Prevention via Sports

There are also many resources on our Prevention – Children and Prevention – Youth and Young Adults pages.

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Coalition (HEPAC)

HEPAC is a coalition of government and non-government organizations that collaborate to foster positive change related to healthy eating and physical activity in New Brunswick.

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Play, Live. Be Tobacco-Free Guide

Play, Live, Be Tobacco-Free is a public education campaign that reminds us that most people taking part in a sport or recreational activity do not use tobacco products. Participants, parents, coaches, spectators and leaders do not smoke, snuff, dip or chew tobacco while taking part in sports and recreation.

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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.

The Wellness Movement – Connect with Wellness in your Region

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.

The Wellness Movement – Tools for Partners

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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The Wellness Movement – Wellness Week

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.

Tobacco Free Sport Program Handbook – Sports NB

The Tobacco Free Sport Program Handbook provides information about the program and details on how to implement a Tobacco Free Sport program/policy in a sport organization or school.

Funding & Grants

Funding and grants available for tobacco and vaping products use education and prevention, as well as smoke-free sports, are listed on our Funding & Grants page.

Learning Opportunities

Are you a coach, school administrator, teacher, student leader, concerned parent, 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.

Success Stories -Tobacco and Smoke-Free Sports

Team NB Benefits from Healthy Tobacco-Free Policy at North American Indigenous Games

Did you know that First Nations youth in New Brunswick are living healthy tobacco-free lifestyles thanks to sports and recreation? One of the best examples of tobacco-free sports programs and initiatives is the North American Indigenous Games’ zero tolerance policy when it comes to recreational tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. The coaches, athletes and members from Team NB have reaped enormous benefits from following and ensuring compliance with this policy. What Are the North American Indigenous Games? The dream to hold Games for the Indigenous Peoples began in the 1970's. The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) showcases unity, sport, [...]

Inspiring Success Stories

Inspiring Success Stories The New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) shares success stories from individuals, groups and organizations who have taken action to live tobacco and smoke-free in their homes, schools, workplace, and communities. An interesting collection of stories that highlight inspiring ideas and celebrates champions within our province is published here on our website. We also encourage you to follow us on social media – look for the #TobaccoFreeLiving #Champions hashtags to find these inspiring stories. We are always looking for new stories to share! Contact us! Check out our latest story! New Story

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