Smoke-free Places Act

Healthy Communities

Smoke-free Places Act

The Smoke-free Places Act requires on December 1, 2006 that all indoor workplaces and public places be smoke-free. The Act requires all outdoor licensed areas and patios of all restaurants, lounges, beverage rooms and cabarets to be smoke-free.

Smoke-free Places Act

On November 20, 2014, Bill 60 was passed in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly to amend the Smoke-free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act 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. Please see below for a complete list of indoor public places where this law will apply.

Smoke-free Places Act (amended) and Tobacco Access Act (amended)

Overview of the Smoke-free Places Act

Total Smoking Ban

No smoking is permitted in the following enclosed places:

  • daycare, pre-school
  • school, 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 or 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
  • 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


  • no smoking in vehicles used in the course of employment while carrying two or more employees, or when any person under 19 years of age is present in the vehicle.


  • no smoking at any time

Beverage rooms & Lounges

  • no smoking at any time

Places used for Bingo

  • no smoking at any time

Private clubs

  • no smoking at any time


  • no smoking at any time

Licensed outdoor areas and patios

  • The Act requires all outdoor licensed areas and patios of all restaurants, lounges, beverage rooms and cabarets to be smoke-free

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