Table

zone
Community
Florenceville-Bristol, Woodstock, Wakefield Area
zone
Zone 3
Fredericton and River Valley Area
zone
Province
New Brunswick
Smoking and vaping
Cigarette
Has tried cigarette smoking % | 2021-2022
21.7
16.4
15.7
Onset age Number | 2021-2022
13.6
13.8
14.2
Susceptible to smoking % | 2021-2022
33.0
34.5
33.3
Daily or occasional smoker % | 2021-2022
9.9
6.9
6.2
Daily smoker % | 2021-2022
2.8
2.1
1.8
Vaping
Has tried vaping % | 2021-2022
32.6
26.5
28.3
Onset age Number | 2021-2022
13.8
14.1
14.4
Daily or occasional vaper % | 2021-2022
19.6
15.4
16.5
Daily vaper % | 2021-2022
8.8
6.6
7.5
Second-hand smoke
Exposed to cigarette smoke in a vehicle, last 7 days % | 2021-2022
26.7
19.8
18.4
Exposed to cigarette smoke at home % | 2021-2022
18.3
14.4
13.3
Alternative tobacco and nicotine products
Has tried alternative tobacco and nicotine products % | 2021-2022
15.3
11.6
12.2
Little cigars or cigarillos % | 2021-2022
11.0
7.5
8.6
Cigars % | 2021-2022
7.5
5.6
6.6
Roll-your-own cigarettes % | 2021-2022
7.6
5.8
5.8
Heated tobacco products % | 2021-2022
7.2
5.6
5.4
Smokeless tobacco % | 2021-2022
5.5
3.5
3.3
Water pipe to smoke shisha % | 2021-2022
6.8
4.8
5.0
Blunt wraps % | 2021-2022
6.9
5.2
4.6
Alcohol and drugs
Alcohol
Has tried alcohol % | 2021-2022
48.5
41.3
45.0
Age onset Number | 2021-2022
14.0
14.0
14.1
Regular drinking % | 2021-2022
17.1
15.4
17.8
Heavy drinking % | 2021-2022
11.8
10.0
11.6
Cannabis
Has tried cannabis % | 2021-2022
21.3
20.1
19.0
Age onset Number | 2021-2022
14.5
14.6
14.8
Has used cannabis, last 12 months % | 2021-2022
18.2
17.3
15.9
Daily cannabis user, last 12 months % | 2021-2022
5.7
3.8
3.5
Drugs
Has used drugs, last 12 months (excluding tobacco, alcohol and cannabis) % | 2018-2019
22.8
24.6
24.6
LSD and other hallucinogens % | 2018-2019
4.5
4.0
4.2
Pain relievers % | 2018-2019
7.3
6.5
6.1
Amphetamines % | 2018-2019
2.6
2.9
3.1
Ecstasy, MDMA % | 2018-2019
2.7
2.5
2.8
Cocaine % | 2018-2019
4.7
3.8
4.0
Cough and cold medicines % | 2018-2019
14.2
16.2
16.4
Stimulants % | 2018-2019
2.5
3.1
3.6
Sedatives / tranquillizers % | 2018-2019
3.0
2.7
2.9
Methamphetamines / Crystal methamphetamine % | 2018-2019
2.6
1.9
1.9
Glue or solvents % | 2018-2019
1.8
1.6
1.8
Heroin % | 2018-2019
1.3
1.2
1.4
Other % | 2018-2019
9.4
9.1
9.5
Safety
Driver of an off-road vehicle - under the influence of alcohol or drugs, last 12 months % | 2018-2019
10.5
8.7
9.3
Passenger in an on-road vehicle - driven by someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs, last 12 months % | 2018-2019
18.5
16.2
17.2
n/a = Not applicable / not available
S = Data was suppressed due to low respondent counts

About this Table

Content and description

This table presents data collected from students in grades 6 to 12 through the New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey (SWS). It contains self-reported information regarding the use of substances among New Brunswick students in grades 6 to 12. Substances include cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs.
 

Why it is important

When students turn to substances, they enter a lifestyle that hinders their physical growth and positive social and emotional development. By better understanding the consumption habits of students, we can better plan for services and allocate resources to support a healthier lifestyle for them and our communities.
 

Availability of the data

The information for this data table is available at different geographical levels as well as by demographic groups. 
More information is available on our New Brunswick Student Wellness Survey page.
 

Note about 2021-2022 data

The methodology of the 2021-2022 edition of the SWS was significantly changed. This was the first cycle to adopt online data collection, and a shorter data collection period. Also, the survey questionnaire was thoroughly revised for this cycle. Many questions were removed or amended. As such, some indicators are no longer comparable to previous years. As such, caution always needs to be exercised when attempting to compare the results of the survey with results from prior survey cycles outside of what is displayed in this Data Table.

The 2021-2022 edition of the SWS was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some schools may have had lower participation from their students than previous years. Some students may have participated to the survey during periods of remote learning.