Smoking ban violators can now be ticketed by peace officers, inspectors

Peace officers and inspectors in New Brunswick can now ticket people who light up in public places where smoking is banned.

Deputy Premier Stephen Horsman announced the changes Friday, saying they will strengthen enforcement of the Smoke-free Places Act.

"When you smoke, you not only harm yourself, but you can harm everyone around you," Horsman said in a statement. "We are pleased that these regulations are now in place to help protect the health of New Brunswickers."

Changes to the Smoke-free Places Act introduced in 2015 made it illegal to smoke any substance in several places, including:

  • on patios and all similar outdoor public facilities where food and/or alcohol is served and within three metres of the patio's boundary;
  • 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;
  • within the boundaries of provincial parks except within the boundaries of rented campsites, golf courses and designated areas within the park; and
  • on the grounds of regional health authorities.

Up until now, inspectors could only write compliance orders or lay charges against managers and employers, and peace officers could only ticket those smoking in a vehicle while children are present.

Fines will start at $140 and could go as high as $2,100 for repeat offenders.