Tobacco Control

Environmental Health

Tobacco Control - Tobacco Access 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.

For more information, visit novascotia.ca/nse/inspection-compliance-enforcement/

Ending Point of Sale Advertising of Tobacco in Nova Scotia


Eliminating point of sale advertising and promotion of tobacco is aimed at creating a supportive environment where children, former smokers and smokers wishing to quit are not exposed to tobacco marketing tactics.

Tobacco use is one of Nova Scotia’s primary preventable health risks. Many chronic diseases such as cancer, stroke and heart attacks can be prevented through the reduction of tobacco use.

Advertising and promotion of cigarettes and other tobacco products has been linked to increased levels of smoking and other tobacco use. Over the years as tobacco advertising and promotion has not been permitted by law on TV, radio, magazines and newspapers, point of sale advertising has become one of the last places where tobacco marketing can occur.

Information for Tobacco Vendors

The following links provide information about changes to Nova Scotia's Tobacco Access Act and Regulations, what is required to comply with the law, and the enforcement transition period.

As a tobacco retailer, you may be wondering how to determine if certain tobacco products fall within the flavoured tobacco ban. A tool has been developed to assist you in the decision making process and can be found here:

Need help?

Contact the Environmental Health Division if you require more information or assistance:

Email:
Telephone: 902-424-0285 (Halifax area)
1-800-565-3611 (toll free)