Smoke-free Places Act

Environmental Health

Tobacco Control - Smoke-free Places Act

As of July 1, the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments will come together under Nova Scotia Environment.

Departments involved in this consolidation include the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Environment, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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The Smoke-free Places Act requires that all indoor workplaces and public places be smoke-free. The Act also requires all outdoor licensed areas and patios of all restaurants, lounges, beverage rooms and cabarets to be smoke-free.

Total Smoking Ban

No smoking is permitted in the following enclosed places:

  • daycare, pre-schoolschool, community college or university (also, no smoking on school grounds)
  • library, art gallery or museum
  • health-care facility
  • cinema or theatre
  • video arcade, pool hall, billiards room
  • recreational facility where the primary activity is physical recreation, including a bowling alley, fitness centre, gymnasium, pool or rink
  • multi-service centre, community centre/hall, arena, fire hall or church hall
  • meeting or conference room or hall, ballroom or conference centre
  • retail shop, boutique, market, store or shopping mall
  • laundromat
  • ferry, ferry terminal, bus, bus station or shelter
  • taxi, taxi shelter, limousine or vehicle carrying passengers for hire
  • common area of a commercial building or multi-unit residential building, including but not limited to corridors, lobbies, stairwells, elevators, escalators, escalators, eating areas, washrooms and restrooms
  • restaurants, lounges, beverage rooms, private clubs, cabarets, clubs or other places licensed to serve alcoholic beverages including outdoor areas and patios
  • bingos
  • a casino complex
  • a facility as defined in the Hospitals Act 
  • offices of the Government of the Province, a municipality, a village or a school board
  • provincial jail, detention centre, or reformatory

Smoking in vehicles

An amendment to the Smoke-free Places Act prohibits smoking in a motor vehicle with passengers under the age of 19. This legislation is binding regardless of whether any window, sunroof, cartop, door, or other feature of the vehicle is open.

Remember, when you smoke, everyone else around you smokes. Click here for a copy of the Amendment

Nursing home or residential care facility

Nursing home or residential care facility or a part of a health-care facility used for the acute or long-term care of veterans:

  • Designated smoking rooms are permitted
  • must be enclosed and separately ventilated
  • only residents are permitted
  • signs must be posted at the entrance

Building entrances

  • no smoking within 4 metres of windows, air intake vents and entrances to places of employment.

Tobacco Possession by Youth

  • no youth under the age of 19 may possess tobacco
  • tobacco possession is not an offence, however, peace officers with reasonable and probable grounds to believe that a person under 19 may be in possession of tobacco may confiscate tobacco.
If you have any questions specific to the Smoke-free Places Act please call 1-800-565-3611.