Tobacco and vaping products continue to create serious health problems for New Brunswickers young and old. While the cigarette usage in adults throughout the province is declining, the prevalence of youth smoking is on the rise. The new phenomenon of vaping is also growing in the province.
The New Brunswick Wellness Survey shows that 14 per cent of youth in grades six to 12 smoke daily or occasionally and 29 per cent of youth have tried an e-cigarette or vaping product. Both numbers have risen dramatically over the past two years.
The New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) has joined the New Brunswick Anti Tobacco Coalition (NBATC) in its efforts to reduce tobacco use throughout the province. The NBMS also recognizes National Non-Smoking Week and highlights it each year through our social media channels.
In light of more recent challenges regarding vaping and electronic cigarettes, the NBMS is partnering with stakeholders on a Provincial Vaping Working Group. This group is targeting a reduction in youth vaping.
The well-being of patients is extremely important to the NBMS and physicians across the province. By encouraging a smoke-free province and lobbying for vaping and e-cigarette regulations, we can work together to create a healthier New Brunswick.
To find out more information on the NBATC and the work they support, please visit their website: www.nbatc.ca.