Tobacco Control Access Act

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Tobacco Access Act

The Nova Scotia Tobacco Access Act restricts the sale of addictive tobacco products to youth under 19 years of age. The Act was passed in 1994 and Regulations in 1996.

The Tobacco Access Act bans countertop tobacco displays, point of sale advertising, selling of tobacco from vending machines, self-service displays, selling of unpackaged cigarettes and provision of tobacco to any person under 19 years of age.

A series of changes to Nova Scotia’s tobacco legislation will be effective on May 31 to further protect Nova Scotians from the harms of smoking. The changes are related to flavoured tobacco, e-cigarettes and waterpipes.