Tobacco Control

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in Canada. Tobacco use not only impacts the individual smoker but also affects the people around them as exposure to second-hand smoke is harmful to our health.

Through a comprehensive approach that includes public education, policy and legislation, cessation programs, taxation and community and school programs, the provincial government aims to:

  • Prevent children and youth from starting to use tobacco
  • Support people to quit smoking, and
  • Protect people from exposure to second hand smoke

The Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development works in collaboration with other government departments, regional health authorities, school districts and community partners to implement programs and policies aimed at preventing and reducing tobacco use.

Currently, 80% of people in our province (15 and older) and 88% per cent of youth (aged 15-19) are choosing to live smoke-free. Our efforts must continue in order to achieve our long-term goal of creating a smoke-free province.


Recent Changes to the Smoke-free Environment Act, 2005 and the Tobacco Control Act (499 KB)

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act

  • aims to reduce the number of young people who begin to smoke by restricting youth access to tobacco, vapour and non-tobacco shisha products,
  • makes it illegal for anyone, including retailers, family and friends, to give or sell tobacco, vapour and non-tobacco shisha products, to youth under the age of 19
  • restricts how tobacco, vapour and non-tobacco shisha products, products can be displayed, stored and promoted at retail (Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Regulations)
  • limits the type and number of establishments that sell tobacco, vapour and non-tobacco shisha

The The Smoke-Free Environment Act 2005:

  • aims to protect the public from exposure to second-hand smoke
  • promotes the creation of healthy public environments
  • prohibits smoking in all indoor public places (including bars, decks and bingo halls), workplaces and in motor vehicles while persons under 16 years of age are present
  • prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in indoor public places (restaurants, licensed liquor establishments), workplaces and in motor vehicles while persons under the age of 16 are present
  • prohibits designated smoking and designated e-cigarette rooms in workplaces (Smoke-free Environment Regulations)
  • prohibits hookah/water pipe smoking in indoor public places and workplaces

Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is the one of the best things a person can do for their health and it’s never too late to quit. The Provincial Government is committed to supporting actions that reduce tobacco use and promote healthy living in our communities.

Provincial Smoking Cessation Program

The Provincial Smoking Cessation Program aims to improve access to quit smoking medications and nicotine replacement products by contributing to the cost of these products for individuals who are eligible under the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program (NLPDP) Access, Foundation and 65+ Plans.

Smokers’ Helpline: “You Can Quit. It’s YOUR call”. 1-800-363-LUNG (5864).

Through the programs and services of the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association Smokers’ Helpline, thousands of individuals from across the province have been supported in their efforts to quit smoking.

The Helpline provides a free, confidential and convenient telephone service with trained counsellors supporting individuals in developing a quit plan to stop smoking. Other services include web-based counselling ( ), group counselling, workplace programs, health professional fax referral program, self-help materials and information on how to help friends and family to quit. The services are easily accessible (located in St. John’s) by calling 1-800-363-5864 or visiting: .

Helping Women Quit, A Guide for Non-Cessation Workers (986 KB): A resource for individuals who work with women, but do not have a background in tobacco cessation. It provides background information on tobacco cessation and gives step-by-step instructions to helping women quit smoking. It outlines what questions to ask to identify a cessation approach for each woman and points you to resources to address her needs. Guide Cover (690 KB).

Smoke-Free Regional Health Authorities (Inside, Outside, Everywhere)

All four Regional Health Authorities in our province have 100% smoke-free policies which includes all outdoor properties.

School Smoking Prevention

All school districts prohibit smoking on all school properties and tobacco prevention resources have been developed to link to the curriculum.

Please support tobacco free schools by:

  • supporting school’s efforts to promote a healthy learning environment
  • complying with the policy by not using tobacco while on school grounds
  • ensuring your children are aware of the policy and consequences
  • support school officials in enforcing the policy
  • encourage children and youth to say no to cigarettes, and don’t give them, or provide easy access to, tobacco products

Smoke-free Schools Poster (1.7 MB)
Students’ Choice, Grade 9 Tobacco Prevention Resource (6.1 MB)

Smoke-Free Sports and Recreation

Approximately 87 municipalities (representing 71% of the province’s population) have implemented 100% smoke-free outdoor sport and recreation area and events policy. These polices prohibit smoking on all outdoor sport facilities including playgrounds, soccer and softball fields.

Several provincial sport organizations have adopted a 100% smoke-free policy including soccer, softball and baseball.

Alliance for the Control of Tobacco

The Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) is a coalition of organizations committed to the prevention and reduction of tobacco use. ACT’s partners represent a broad range of groups including professional associations, provincial and municipal governments, public health, education, recreation and sport, and non-profit organizations.

ACT has released its fourth comprehensive Tobacco Reduction Strategy , Every Action Counts! – 2013-2017.

Partner Websites