Smoking still a problem in NB despite decline, NB's top doctor says

Smoking remains a significant problem in New Brunswick with higher rates being reported compared to the rest of Canada.

New Brunswick's acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell says nicotine is one of the most addictive substances readily available.

The Bathurst native notes how 30 percent of one-time users become addicted and 86 percent of smokers who attempt to butt out are not successful.

Russell adds the number of smokers has been dropping thanks to legislation changes in recent years and the fact that smoking is becoming less socially acceptable.