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Tobacco Access Regulations

made under Section 13 of the

Tobacco Access Act

S.N.S. 1993, c. 14

O.I.C. 96-29 (January 16, 1996), N.S. Reg. 9/96

as amended to O.I.C. 2015-155 (May 29, 2015, effective May 31, 2015), N.S. Reg. 227/2015


Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the Tobacco Access Regulations.

Section 1 replaced: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.


Definitions

1A  (1)    In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,

 

“Act” means the Tobacco Access Act;

 

“electronic cigarette products” include[s] battery chargers for electronic cigarettes and cigarette products and specialty electronic cigarette publications;

 

“electronic cigarette specialty store” means a vendor who manufactures, blends, sells or distributes any of the following items only at their vending premises:

 

                         (i)      electronic cigarettes,

 

                         (ii)     electronic cigarette products;

 

“opaque” means, with respect to material used to conceal tobacco and tobacco products, impenetrable enough to sight so that the tobacco and tobacco products are not visible to the public;

 

“prohibited period” is the period of time, upon conviction of an offence under the Act, a vendor or a successor to the vendor, or an employee of the vendor or the successor is prohibited from selling tobacco from the premises at which a conviction took place or on the premises to which the business is moved;

 

“tobacconist” means

 

                         (i)      a vendor who manufactures, blends, sells or distributes any of the following items only at their vending premises:

 

                                    (A) tobacco, other than electronic cigarettes,

 

                                    (B)  tobacco products, other than electronic cigarette products, or

 

                         (ii)     a vendor described in subclause (i) who also sells tickets for a licensed lottery scheme within the meaning of the Gaming Control Act;

 

       (2)    In the Act and these regulations,

 

“cigarette papers” means papers that may be used for hand rolling tobacco cigarettes whether or not they or their packaging is marked as being for that purpose;

 

 

“establishment” includes an outdoor area or a temporary or moveable location;

 

“test purchases” as referred to in clause 10(a) of the Act includes purchases made using an agent under 19 years old, with the consent of the agent’s parent or guardian, to test a vendor’s compliance with the Act or these regulations;

 

“tobacco product” is further defined as including all of the following:

 

                         (i)      devices for rolling cigarettes,

 

                         (ii)     cigarette or tobacco carrying or storage cases,

 

                         (iii)    pipe loaders,

 

                         (iv)    cigar cutters,

 

                         (v)     specialty tobacco publications,

 

                         (vi)    lighters and matches that display or depict logos, trademarks or colours of tobacco manufacturers,

 

                         (v)     electronic cigarette products;

 

“vendor”, for greater certainty, includes a person who sells electronic cigarettes to a consumer at retail sale or for the purpose of resale.

Section 1A added: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.


Application

2     This Act and these regulations do not affect any Municipality’s authority to enact legislation to restrict access to tobacco and tobacco products or to protect individuals from inducements to use tobacco or tobacco products.


Designated establishments prohibited from selling tobacco

2A  The following are designated establishments for the purpose of clause 9B(c) of the Act:

 

                (a)    a recreational facility where the primary activity is physical recreation, including all of the following facilities:

 

                         (i)      a bowling alley,

 

                         (ii)     a fitness centre,

 

                         (iii)    a gymnasium,

 

                         (iv)    a pool,

 

                         (v)     a rink;

 

                (b)    a community college or university;

 

                (c)    a library, art gallery or museum;

 

                (d)    a cinema or theatre;

 

                (e)    an amusement park, a video arcade or pool hall;

 

                (f)    a gaming premises, as defined in the Gaming Control Act;

 

                (g)    an office of any of the following or of an agency of any of the following:

 

                         (i)      the Government of Nova Scotia,

 

                         (ii)     a municipality, as defined in the Municipal Government Act,

 

                         (iii)    a village, as defined in the Municipal Government Act,

 

                         (iv)    a school board, as defined in the Education Act;

 

                (h)    a multi-service centre, community centre or hall, arena, fire hall or church hall;

 

                (i)     any of the following care facilities:

 

                         (i)      a facility as defined in the Hospitals Act,

 

                         (ii)     a nursing home or residential care facility licensed under the Homes for

Special Care Act,

 

                         (iii)    a home for aged or disabled persons to which the Homes for Special

Care Act applies,

 

                         (iv)    a part of a health-care facility used for the acute or long-term care of veterans;

 

                (j)     a restaurant, lounge or beverage room, as defined in the Smoke-free Places Regulations, or any other place licensed to serve alcoholic beverages;

 

                (k)    an outdoor area or a moveable or temporary location.

Section 2A added: O.I.C. 2007-300, N.S. Reg. 285/2007.


Health warning and point of purchase signs

Section 3 heading replaced: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

3     (1)    Health warning and point of purchase signs required by subsection 9(1) of the Act must meet the following specifications and be displayed in accordance with the following table:


Type of vendor

Sign to be displayed

Display requirements

tobacconist

tobacconist door decal containing the text set forth in Sign 1 of Schedule A and measuring 23 cm wide by 18 cm high

  must be visible to a person approaching the vendor’s premises

  must be placed immediately above or in close proximity to each entrance door handle, or if the entrance door does not have a handle then in the middle of the door

  must be unobstructed

  if the door is not visible when the premises are open, must be placed within 1 metre of each entrance, unobstructed and clearly visible to those entering the premises

electronic cigarette specialty store

electronic cigarette door decal containing the text set forth in Sign 2 of Schedule A and measuring 23 cm wide by 18 cm high

same as for tobacconist door decal

vendor other than tobacconist or electronic cigarette specialty store

Tobacco Access Act point of purchase identification sign containing the text set forth in Sign 3 of Schedule A and measuring 25 cm wide by 49 cm high

  must be displayed in close proximity to each cash register where tobacco may be sold so as to be clearly visible to the purchaser and the employee at the point of purchase, with the bottom of the sign no higher than 2 m from floor level

Subsection 3(1) replaced: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

 

       (2)    Compliance with subsection 3(1) requires the use of signs available from the Department of Health and Wellness. Vendors are required to pay the applicable fees that may be set by the Minister from time to time.

Subsection 3(2) amended: O.I.C. 2007-300, N.S. Reg. 285/2007; O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.


Storing tobacco and tobacco products

3A  (1)    A vendor, other than a tobacconist or electronic cigarette specialty shop, shall store tobacco and tobacco products so that all of the following conditions are met:

 

                (a)    the tobacco and tobacco products are not visible to the public from outside the vendor’s premises;

 

                (b)    the tobacco and tobacco products are stored at the point of purchase under an opaque front counter, above the front counter in an opaque cabinet or behind the front counter.

Subsection 3A(1) amended: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

 

       (2)    If tobacco or tobacco products are stored behind the front counter in accordance with clause (1)(b), all of the following conditions must be met:


Clause 3A(2)(a) repealed: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

 

                (b)    the cabinet space used for storing tobacco or tobacco products must have a permanent opaque concealing device that automatically closes without the assistance of the vendor or an employee;

 

                (c)    a vendor or an employee shall not open the concealing device to show what is available to the public;

 

                (d)    tobacco must be stored in such a manner that only the Health Canada emissions panel is visible when the permanent concealing device is opened;

 

                (e)    tobacco or tobacco products must not be stored in such a manner that a tobacco manufacturer’s colours, logos and any other product-identifying symbols are visible to the public.

 

       (3)    Once a consumer has indicated to a vendor or an employee an intention to purchase tobacco or tobacco products, they may view and examine only the specific number of units requested of the products before purchasing.

 

       (4)    Despite the storage requirements of these regulations, it is not an offence under the Act if a consumer is able to view tobacco, tobacco products or containers used for storing or transporting tobacco or tobacco products in any of the following circumstances:

 

                (a)    a vendor, an employee or a representative of a manufacturer of tobacco or tobacco products is restocking tobacco or tobacco products;

 

                (b)    a vendor or an employee is conducting an inventory of tobacco or tobacco products;

 

                (c)    a vendor or an employee is receiving a delivery of or unpacking tobacco or tobacco products;

 

                (d)    a vendor is in the process of selling tobacco or tobacco products to a consumer.

Section 3A added: O.I.C. 2007-300, N.S. Reg. 285/2007.


Tobacconists’ displays of tobacco and advertising

3B   (1)    A tobacconist may display tobacco or tobacco products that are visible to the public from outside the tobacconist’s premises, but must not display any sign or material promoting or advertising the sale of or otherwise respecting tobacco or tobacco products, other than a door decal described in subsection 3(1) or a magazine or other publication described in Section 3C.

Subsection 3B(1) amended: O.I.C. 2009-148, N.S. Reg. 73/2009; O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

 

       (2)    A tobacconist must store or display tobacco so that only the panel with the federal Department of Health’s emissions health warning message is visible.

Section 3B added: O.I.C. 2007-300, N.S. Reg. 285/2007.

Section 3B(2) replaced: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.


Electronic cigarette specialty shop’s display and advertising

3BA         An electronic cigarette specialty shop may display electronic cigarettes or electronic cigarette products that are visible to the public from outside the store’s premises but must not display any sign or material advertising the sale of or otherwise respecting electronic cigarettes or electronic cigarette products other than a door decal described in subsection 3(1).

Section 3BA added: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.


Display of magazine or other publication

3C  (1)    This Section does not apply to tobacconists and electronic cigarette specialty shops.

Subsection 3C(1) added: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

 

       (2)    For the purposes of subsection 9(2) of the Act, a vendor may display a magazine or other publication that contains tobacco advertising only if all of the following conditions are met:

 

                (a)    the magazine or publication must be displayed in such a way that the tobacco advertisement is not visible to the public;

 

                (b)    the magazine or publication must meet any requirements set out in the Tobacco Act (Canada) or regulations made under that Act.

Section 3C added: O.I.C. 2009-148, N.S. Reg. 73/2009.

Section 3C redesignated as subsection 3C(2): O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.



Signs listing types of tobacco for sale

3D  (1)    This Section does not apply to tobacconists and electronic cigarette specialty shops.

Subsection 3D(1) added: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

 

       (1A) A vendor may display signs listing the types of tobacco offered for sale and their prices in accordance with the following conditions only:

 

                (a)    no more than 1 sign may be displayed at a till;

 

                (b)    no more than 3 signs may be posted in the vendor’s premises;

 

                (c)    a sign that is posted must be fixed to the counter or wall near a till;

 

                (d)    a sign may be kept under the counter and available for reference by a cashier;

 

                (e)    a sign must not be readable from outside the vendor’s premises.

Subsection 3D(1) renumbered 3D(1A): O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

Subsection 3D(1A) amended: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

 

       (2)    A sign listing the types of tobacco for sale shall meet all of the following criteria:

 

                (a)    the maximum size for a sign is 968 square centimetres;

 

                (b)    a sign must be white with only black lettering;

 

                (c)    the maximum height for the lettering on a sign is 18 millimetres;

 

                (d)    the lettering size and style must be consistent and shall not contain italics, bold

type or underlining;

 

                (e)    the text on a sign shall not identify or reflect a brand of tobacco or any element

of a brand;

 

                (f)    the text on a sign may use only the following words, or an abbreviation or an

equivalent in another language, to describe the types of tobacco for sale:

 

                         (i)      full price cigarettes,

 

                         (ii)     mid price cigarettes,

 

                         (iii)    budget price cigarettes,

 

                         (iv)    smokeless tobacco,

 

                         (v)     cigars,

 

                         (vi)    loose tobacco by pouch or tub;

 

                (g)    the text on a sign must not contain any words, phrases or figures additional to those set out in Sign 4 of Schedule A or instructed to be inserted on the sign in Sign 4 of Schedule A, other than an abbreviation of them or an equivalent in another language.

 

       (3)    A sign listing the types of tobacco for sale and their prices may be in the form set out in Sign 4 of Schedule A.

Section 3C added: O.I.C. 2007-300, N.S. Reg. 285/2007; renumbered 3D: O.I.C. 2009-148, N.S. Reg. 73/2009.

Subsection 3D(2) amended: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

Subsection 3D(3) amended: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

 

Inspection

4     (1)    For the purpose of the Act and these regulations, an enforcement officer may, without a warrant, enter and inspect the premises of any vendor during the business hours of that vendor with the exception of any part of the premises that is used exclusively as a dwelling.

 

       (2)    An enforcement officer shall produce, on request, evidence of his or her appointment.

 

       (3)    An enforcement officer conducting an inspection may

 

                (a)    question a person on matters relevant to the inspection;

 

                (b)    examine any record or other thing that is relevant to the inspection;

 

                (c)    remove any record or thing relevant to the inspection for evidence.

 

5     As a result of an inspection an enforcement officer may

 

                (a)    order the removal of any sign found to be in violation of the Act or these regulations;

 

                (b)    seize any tobacco or tobacco product found in the retail premises during a prohibited period;

 

                (c)    provide a verbal warning to the vendor if the vendor is found to be in violation of the Act or these regulations; or

 

                (d)    impose a fine by way of summary offence ticket on the vendor for being in violation of the Act or these regulations.

 

6     (1)    Where a vendor is convicted of a violation of the Act or these regulations and is prohibited from selling tobacco for a determined period of time, the Minister shall inform wholesale distributors of tobacco and tobacco products in the province of the violation.

 

       (2)    It is a violation of the Act for a wholesale distributor to sell or otherwise distribute tobacco or tobacco products to the vendor during the prohibited period.

Subsection 6(2) amended: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.

 

       (3)    A vendor other than a tobacconist or an electronic cigarette specialty shop shall remove his or her stock of tobacco and tobacco products during the prohibited period.

Subsection 6(3) amended: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.


Proof of age

7     Where a person appearing to be under the age of 19 years is required to provide proof of age by a vendor or an employee of a vendor under Section 5 of the Act, that person must present one of the following:

 

(1) for residents of Nova Scotia:

 

                (a)    a valid driver’s license issued by the Province of Nova Scotia containing a photograph of the person to whom the license is issued;

 

                (b)    a provincial photographic identification card issued by the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal;

Clause 7(1)(b) amended: O.I.C. 1999-305, N.S. Reg. 65/99.

 

                (c)    a valid Canadian passport;

 

                (d)    a Canadian citizenship card containing a photograph of the person to whom the card is issued; or

 

                (e)    a Canadian Forces identification card.

Clause 7(1)(e) amended: O.I.C. 1999-305, N.S. Reg. 65/99.


Clause 7(1)(f) repealed: O.I.C. 1999-305, N.S. Reg. 65/99.

 

(2) for out-of-province residents:

 

                (a)    a driver’s license issued by the place of residence of the resident containing a photograph of the person to whom the license is issued;

 

                (b)    a valid passport;

 

                (c)    a Canadian citizenship card containing a photograph of the person to whom the card is issued; or

 

                (d)    a Canadian Forces identification card.

Clause 7(2)d) amended: O.I.C. 1999-305, N.S. Reg. 65/99.

 

       (3)    A vendor shall refuse to sell tobacco to an individual if it appears that the individual’s proof of identification has been altered.


Exemptions for flavoured tobacco

8     All of the following are exempt from the prohibition on the sale of flavoured tobacco in clause 7(c) of the Act:

 

                (a)    cigars that meet all of the following criteria:

 

                         (i)      they have a retail price of $4 or more per cigar,

 

                         (ii)     they weigh 5 grams or more per cigar,

 

                         (iii)    they have a scent or flavour generally attributed to wine, port, rum or whisky but no other non-tobacco scent or flavour;

 

                (b)    electronic cigarettes;

 

                (c)    pipe tobacco that has a scent or flavour generally attributed to wine, port, rum or whisky but no other non-tobacco scent or flavour.

Section 8 added: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.



 ________________________________________________________________ 


 

Schedule A: Health Warning and Point of Purchase Signs

(subsection 9(1), Tobacco Access Act)


Sign 1—Tobacconist Door Decal


It is against the law to sell or give tobacco products to persons under 19.

TOBACCO RESTRICTED

by the

Nova Scotia Tobacco Access Act


Must be at least 19 years old to enter

Photo ID may be requested 
________________________________________________________________ 

Sign 2—Electronic Cigarette Door Decal


It is against the law to sell or give electronic cigarette products to persons under 19.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES RESTRICTED

by the

Nova Scotia Tobacco Access Act


Must be at least 19 years old to enter

Photo ID may be requested

 ________________________________________________________________ 

Sign 3—Point of Purchase Sign for Other Vendors


It is against the law for this store to sell or

give tobacco products or electronic cigarettes to persons under 19.

Photo ID may be requested


Tobacco Restricted

Electronic Cigarettes Restricted

by the

Nova Scotia Tobacco Access Act


The only acceptable photo ID cards:

▼ Photo Driver’s License

▼ Photo ID issued by the Government of Nova Scotia

▼ Canadian Forces ID card

▼ Canadian Citizenship card

▼ Passport

 ________________________________________________________________ 



Sign 4—Tobacco Pricing Signage


Tobacco Pricing

20s

25s

Carton

Cigarettes

 

full price

 

$(x)

$(x)

$(x)

mid price

 

$(x)

$(x)

$(x)

budget price

 

$(x)

$(x)

$(x)

Smokeless tobacco

$(x)

to

$(x)

 

 

Cigars

$(x)

to

$(x)

 

 

Loose tobacco

 

pouch

$(x)

to

$(x)

 

 

tub

$(x)

to

$(x)

 

 



TOBACCO KILLS [STATISTIC AS SUPPLIED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS] NOVA SCOTIANS EACH YEAR


BECAUSE TOBACCO IS AN ADDICTIVE DRUG, IT IS AGAINST THE LAW FOR THIS STORE TO SELL OR GIVE TOBACCO OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO PERSONS UNDER 19. IF ANY DOUBT, A PHOTO I.D. IS REQUIRED.


Notes:

Vendor must insert price for “(x)” wherever “$(x)” occurs.
The maximum height for the lettering on a sign is 18 mm.

Schedules “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “E” and “F” repealed and Schedule A substituted: O.I.C. 2015-155, N.S. Reg. 227/2015.