Tobacco Control Legislation

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Tobacco Control - Tobacco Control Legislation

The Department of Health and Wellness is responsible for enforcing two pieces of legislation: the Smoke-free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act.

The Smoke-free Places Act protects the public from exposure to second hand tobacco smoke in indoor public places and workplaces.

The Tobacco Access Act aims to prevent tobacco vendors from selling tobacco to anyone under 19 years of age. As well, the Tobacco Access Act regulates the ability of vendors to promote and advertise tobacco products. There are also certain conditions that must be followed that deal with the storage of tobacco products.

On November 20, 2014, Bill 60 was passed in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly to amend to these two Acts to regulate e-cigarettes and waterpipes. Effective May 31, 2015, e-cigarettes and waterpipes will not be used in indoor public places in Nova Scotia. In addition, vendors will have to treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes.

Tobacco Access Act

Smoke-free Places Act