Table

zone
Community
Perth-Andover, Plaster Rock, Tobique Area
zone
Zone 3
Fredericton and River Valley Area
zone
Province
New Brunswick
Smoking and vaping
Cigarette
Has tried cigarette smoking % | 2021-2022
30.5
16.4
15.7
Onset age Number | 2021-2022
14.2
13.8
14.2
Susceptible to smoking % | 2021-2022
41.7
34.5
33.3
Daily or occasional smoker % | 2021-2022
14.2
6.9
6.2
Daily smoker % | 2021-2022
3.6
2.1
1.8
Vaping
Has tried vaping % | 2021-2022
43.7
26.5
28.3
Onset age Number | 2021-2022
13.9
14.1
14.4
Daily or occasional vaper % | 2021-2022
26.0
15.4
16.5
Daily vaper % | 2021-2022
10.4
6.6
7.5
Second-hand smoke
Exposed to cigarette smoke in a vehicle, last 7 days % | 2021-2022
35.0
19.8
18.4
Exposed to cigarette smoke at home % | 2021-2022
23.4
14.4
13.3
Alternative tobacco and nicotine products
Has tried alternative tobacco and nicotine products % | 2021-2022
20.3
11.6
12.2
Little cigars or cigarillos % | 2021-2022
11.7
7.5
8.6
Cigars % | 2021-2022
8.9
5.6
6.6
Roll-your-own cigarettes % | 2021-2022
10.2
5.8
5.8
Heated tobacco products % | 2021-2022
10.7
5.6
5.4
Smokeless tobacco % | 2021-2022
4.7
3.5
3.3
Water pipe to smoke shisha % | 2021-2022
9.9
4.8
5.0
Blunt wraps % | 2021-2022
10.3
5.2
4.6
Alcohol and drugs
Alcohol
Has tried alcohol % | 2021-2022
50.3
41.3
45.0
Age onset Number | 2021-2022
13.9
14.0
14.1
Regular drinking % | 2021-2022
21.4
15.4
17.8
Heavy drinking % | 2021-2022
18.1
10.0
11.6
Cannabis
Has tried cannabis % | 2021-2022
32.0
20.1
19.0
Age onset Number | 2021-2022
14.9
14.6
14.8
Has used cannabis, last 12 months % | 2021-2022
25.7
17.3
15.9
Daily cannabis user, last 12 months % | 2021-2022
4.6
3.8
3.5
Drugs
Has used drugs, last 12 months (excluding tobacco, alcohol and cannabis) % | 2018-2019
26.5
24.6
24.6
LSD and other hallucinogens % | 2018-2019
5.4
4.0
4.2
Pain relievers % | 2018-2019
7.0
6.5
6.1
Amphetamines % | 2018-2019
4.3
2.9
3.1
Ecstasy, MDMA % | 2018-2019
4.3
2.5
2.8
Cocaine % | 2018-2019
5.4
3.8
4.0
Cough and cold medicines % | 2018-2019
18.5
16.2
16.4
Stimulants % | 2018-2019
3.6
3.1
3.6
Sedatives / tranquillizers % | 2018-2019
3.2
2.7
2.9
Methamphetamines / Crystal methamphetamine % | 2018-2019
3.0
1.9
1.9
Glue or solvents % | 2018-2019
2.3
1.6
1.8
Heroin % | 2018-2019
2.8
1.2
1.4
Other % | 2018-2019
10.5
9.1
9.5
Safety
Driver of an off-road vehicle - under the influence of alcohol or drugs, last 12 months % | 2018-2019
15.6
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
21.7
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.