Tobacco Control

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Tobacco Control

Amendments to Tobacco Legislation

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce tobacco use in Nova Scotia, changes are being made to the province’s tobacco control legislation to address flavoured tobacco, e-cigarettes and waterpipes.

Spring 2015 Legislation

On April 28, 2015, Bill 90 passed third reading in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly to amend the Tobacco Access Act to ban the sale of most flavoured tobacco in the province.

The ban will include menthol, most flavoured pipe tobacco and cigars, flavoured papers, and flavoured tobacco that is not smoked, such as chewing tobacco and snuff.

Port, rum, wine and whiskey flavoured pipe tobacco, and these flavours of cigars that weigh five grams or more, and cost $4 or more will be exempt through regulations.

E-cigarettes and e-juice will be exempt through regulations. We are urging the federal government to address quality and safety concerns by regulating these products nationally.

These changes will be effective May 31, 2015.

Flavoured Products Consultation

Nova Scotians helped shape this legislation through a consultation held from January to March 2015. It included online and telephone surveys of adult Nova Scotians, youth focus groups, and meetings with stakeholders. The results showed support for banning most flavoured tobacco. While there was also support for banning flavoured e-cigarettes/juice, it was noted that many of the quality and safety issues with these products fall under federal jurisdiction, making federal regulation more appropriate.

Download Flavoured Products Consultation Report in PDF format

Fall 2014 Legislation

The following changes made to tobacco legislation last fall will also be effective May 31, 2015:

Under the Smoke-free Places Act, e-cigarettes and waterpipes will not be used in indoor public places or workplaces in Nova Scotia.

Under the Tobacco Access Act, vendors will have to treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes:

  • keep them out of view, unless the store sells only e-cigarettes and minors are not permitted entry
  • no point-of-sale promotion
  • no signage or advertising outside the store
  • no selling to minors (youth under 19)
  • no selling in pharmacies and other places where tobacco sales are prohibited

Adult Nova Scotians (19 and older) will continue to have access to e-cigarettes from most current vendors.

While e-cigarettes are being treated like regular cigarettes in retail settings, they will not be taxed as a tobacco product.