Tobacco use is one of Nova Scotia’s leading causes of preventable illness and death. In Nova Scotia, over 1,700 die each year from smoking related illness and two hundred more die from exposure to second-hand smoke. Over $170 million is spent annually treating tobacco related diseases.
In 1999, 30 per cent of young Nova Scotians aged 15 to 19 smoked, and 28 per cent of adults smoked. The province’s comprehensive tobacco strategy was launched in 2001. By 2012, smoking rates came down to 11 per cent for youth and 15 per cent for adults.
The strategy includes smoke-free places legislation, higher tobacco prices, ending the promotion of advertising at point of sale, and help for people with a nicotine addiction.
In 2011, Nova Scotia launched its renewed comprehensive tobacco control strategy. The five-year strategy will build upon the successes achieved since the launch of the 2001 strategy. Read Moving Toward a Tobacco-Free Nova Scotia: Comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy for Nova Scotia
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.