Tobacco Control Legislation

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Tobacco Control Legislation

The Department of Health and Wellness is responsible for enforcing two pieces of legislation: the Smoke-free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act.

The Smoke-free Places Act protects the public from exposure to second hand tobacco smoke in indoor public places and workplaces.

The Tobacco Access Act aims to prevent tobacco vendors from selling tobacco to anyone under 19 years of age. As well, the Tobacco Access Act regulates the ability of vendors to promote and advertise tobacco products. There are also certain conditions that must be followed that deal with the storage of tobacco products.

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.


Tobacco Access Act

Smoke-free Places Act