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Tobacco Access Regulations

made under Section 13 of the

Tobacco Access Act

S.N.S. 1993, c. 14

O.I.C. 96-29 (effective January 16, 1996), N.S. Reg. 9/1996

as amended to O.I.C. 2015-155 (effective May 31, 2015), N.S. Reg. 227/2015


Table of Contents


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Citation

Definitions

Application

Designated establishments prohibited from selling tobacco

Health warning and point of purchase signs

Storing tobacco and tobacco products

Tobacconists’ displays of tobacco and advertising

Electronic cigarette specialty shop’s display and advertising

Display of magazine or other publication

Signs listing types of tobacco for sale

Inspection

Proof of age

Exemptions for flavoured tobacco

 

Schedule A: Health Warning and Point of Purchase Signs

Sign 1—Tobacconist Door Decal

Sign 2—Electronic Cigarette Door Decal

Sign 3—Point of Purchase Sign for Other Vendors

Sign 4—Tobacco Pricing Signage



 

Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the Tobacco Access Regulations.


Definitions

1A  (1)    In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,

 

“Act” means the Tobacco Access Act;

 

“electronic cigarette products” include[s] battery chargers for electronic cigarettes and cigarette products and specialty electronic cigarette publications;

 

“electronic cigarette specialty store” means a vendor who manufactures, blends, sells or distributes any of the following items only at their vending premises:

 

                         (i)      electronic cigarettes,

 

                         (ii)     electronic cigarette products;

 

“opaque” means, with respect to material used to conceal tobacco and tobacco products, impenetrable enough to sight so that the tobacco and tobacco products are not visible to the public;

 

“prohibited period” is the period of time, upon conviction of an offence under the Act, a vendor or a successor to the vendor, or an employee of the vendor or the successor is prohibited from selling tobacco from the premises at which a conviction took place or on the premises to which the business is moved;

 

“tobacconist” means

 

                         (i)      a vendor who manufactures, blends, sells or distributes any of the following items only at their vending premises:

 

                                    (A) tobacco, other than electronic cigarettes,

 

                                    (B)  tobacco products, other than electronic cigarette products, or

 

                         (ii)     a vendor described in subclause (i) who also sells tickets for a licensed lottery scheme within the meaning of the Gaming Control Act;

 

       (2)    In the Act and these regulations,

 

“cigarette papers” means papers that may be used for hand rolling tobacco cigarettes whether or not they or their packaging is marked as being for that purpose;

 

“establishment” includes an outdoor area or a temporary or moveable location;

 

“test purchases” as referred to in clause 10(a) of the Act includes purchases made using an agent under 19 years old, with the consent of the agent’s parent or guardian, to test a vendor’s compliance with the Act or these regulations;

 

“tobacco product” is further defined as including all of the following:

 

                         (i)      devices for rolling cigarettes,

 

                         (ii)     cigarette or tobacco carrying or storage cases,

 

                         (iii)    pipe loaders,

 

                         (iv)    cigar cutters,

 

                         (v)     specialty tobacco publications,

 

                         (vi)    lighters and matches that display or depict logos, trademarks or colours of tobacco manufacturers,

 

                         (v)     electronic cigarette products;

 

“vendor”, for greater certainty, includes a person who sells electronic cigarettes to a consumer at retail sale or for the purpose of resale.


Application

2     This Act and these regulations do not affect any Municipality’s authority to enact legislation to restrict access to tobacco and tobacco products or to protect individuals from inducements to use tobacco or tobacco products.


Designated establishments prohibited from selling tobacco

2A  The following are designated establishments for the purpose of clause 9B(c) of the Act:

 

                (a)    a recreational facility where the primary activity is physical recreation, including all of the following facilities:

 

                         (i)      a bowling alley,

 

                         (ii)     a fitness centre,

 

                         (iii)    a gymnasium,

 

                         (iv)    a pool,

 

                         (v)     a rink;

 

                (b)    a community college or university;

 

                (c)    a library, art gallery or museum;

 

                (d)    a cinema or theatre;

 

                (e)    an amusement park, a video arcade or pool hall;

 

                (f)    a gaming premises, as defined in the Gaming Control Act;

 

                (g)    an office of any of the following or of an agency of any of the following:

 

                         (i)      the Government of Nova Scotia,

 

                         (ii)     a municipality, as defined in the Municipal Government Act,

 

                         (iii)    a village, as defined in the Municipal Government Act,

 

                         (iv)    a school board, as defined in the Education Act;

 

                (h)    a multi-service centre, community centre or hall, arena, fire hall or church hall;

 

                (i)     any of the following care facilities:

 

                         (i)      a facility as defined in the Hospitals Act,

 

                         (ii)     a nursing home or residential care facility licensed under the Homes for Special Care Act,

 

                         (iii)    a home for aged or disabled persons to which the Homes for Special Care Act applies,

 

                         (iv)    a part of a health-care facility used for the acute or long-term care of veterans;

 

                (j)     a restaurant, lounge or beverage room, as defined in the Smoke-free Places Regulations, or any other place licensed to serve alcoholic beverages;

 

                (k)    an outdoor area or a moveable or temporary location.


Health warning and point of purchase signs

3     (1)    Health warning and point of purchase signs required by subsection 9(1) of the Act must meet the following specifications and be displayed in accordance with the following table:


Type of vendor

Sign to be displayed

Display requirements

tobacconist

tobacconist door decal containing the text set forth in Sign 1 of Schedule A and measuring 23 cm wide by 18 cm high

• must be visible to a person approaching the vendor’s premises

• must be placed immediately above or in close proximity to each entrance door handle, or if the entrance door does not have a handle then in the middle of the door

• must be unobstructed

• if the door is not visible when the premises are open, must be placed within 1 metre of each entrance, unobstructed and clearly visible to those entering the premises

electronic cigarette specialty store

electronic cigarette door decal containing the text set forth in Sign 2 of Schedule A and measuring 23 cm wide by 18 cm high

same as for tobacconist door decal

vendor other than tobacconist or electronic cigarette specialty store

Tobacco Access Act point of purchase identification sign containing the text set forth in Sign 3 of Schedule A and measuring 25 cm wide by 49 cm high

• must be displayed in close proximity to each cash register where tobacco may be sold so as to be clearly visible to the purchaser and the employee at the point of purchase, with the bottom of the sign no higher than 2 m from floor level

 

       (2)    Compliance with subsection 3(1) requires the use of signs available from the Department of Health and Wellness. Vendors are required to pay the applicable fees that may be set by the Minister from time to time.


Storing tobacco and tobacco products

3A  (1)    A vendor, other than a tobacconist or electronic cigarette specialty shop, shall store tobacco and tobacco products so that all of the following conditions are met:

 

                (a)    the tobacco and tobacco products are not visible to the public from outside the vendor’s premises;

 

                (b)    the tobacco and tobacco products are stored at the point of purchase under an opaque front counter, above the front counter in an opaque cabinet or behind the front counter.

 

       (2)    If tobacco or tobacco products are stored behind the front counter in accordance with clause (1)(b), all of the following conditions must be met:

 

                (a)    [repealed]

 

                (b)    the cabinet space used for storing tobacco or tobacco products must have a permanent opaque concealing device that automatically closes without the assistance of the vendor or an employee;

 

                (c)    a vendor or an employee shall not open the concealing device to show what is available to the public;

 

                (d)    tobacco must be stored in such a manner that only the Health Canada emissions panel is visible when the permanent concealing device is opened;

 

                (e)    tobacco or tobacco products must not be stored in such a manner that a tobacco manufacturer’s colours, logos and any other product-identifying symbols are visible to the public.

 

       (3)    Once a consumer has indicated to a vendor or an employee an intention to purchase tobacco or tobacco products, they may view and examine only the specific number of units requested of the products before purchasing.

 

       (4)    Despite the storage requirements of these regulations, it is not an offence under the Act if a consumer is able to view tobacco, tobacco products or containers used for storing or transporting tobacco or tobacco products in any of the following circumstances:

 

                (a)    a vendor, an employee or a representative of a manufacturer of tobacco or tobacco products is restocking tobacco or tobacco products;

 

                (b)    a vendor or an employee is conducting an inventory of tobacco or tobacco products;

 

                (c)    a vendor or an employee is receiving a delivery of or unpacking tobacco or tobacco products;

 

                (d)    a vendor is in the process of selling tobacco or tobacco products to a consumer.


Tobacconists’ displays of tobacco and advertising

3B   (1)    A tobacconist may display tobacco or tobacco products that are visible to the public from outside the tobacconist’s premises, but must not display any sign or material promoting or advertising the sale of or otherwise respecting tobacco or tobacco products, other than a door decal described in subsection 3(1) or a magazine or other publication described in Section 3C.

 

       (2)    A tobacconist must store or display tobacco so that only the panel with the federal Department of Health’s emissions health warning message is visible.


Electronic cigarette specialty shop’s display and advertising

3BA         An electronic cigarette specialty shop may display electronic cigarettes or electronic cigarette products that are visible to the public from outside the store’s premises but must not display any sign or material advertising the sale of or otherwise respecting electronic cigarettes or electronic cigarette products other than a door decal described in subsection 3(1).


Display of magazine or other publication

3C  (1)    This Section does not apply to tobacconists and electronic cigarette specialty shops.

 

       (2)    For the purposes of subsection 9(2) of the Act, a vendor may display a magazine or other publication that contains tobacco advertising only if all of the following conditions are met:

 

                (a)    the magazine or publication must be displayed in such a way that the tobacco advertisement is not visible to the public;

 

                (b)    the magazine or publication must meet any requirements set out in the Tobacco Act (Canada) or regulations made under that Act.


Signs listing types of tobacco for sale

3D  (1)    This Section does not apply to tobacconists and electronic cigarette specialty shops.

 

       (1A) A vendor may display signs listing the types of tobacco offered for sale and their prices in accordance with the following conditions only:

 

                (a)    no more than 1 sign may be displayed at a till;

 

                (b)    no more than 3 signs may be posted in the vendor’s premises;

 

                (c)    a sign that is posted must be fixed to the counter or wall near a till;

 

                (d)    a sign may be kept under the counter and available for reference by a cashier;

 

                (e)    a sign must not be readable from outside the vendor’s premises.

 

       (2)    A sign listing the types of tobacco for sale shall meet all of the following criteria:

 

                (a)    the maximum size for a sign is 968 square centimetres;

 

                (b)    a sign must be white with only black lettering;

 

                (c)    the maximum height for the lettering on a sign is 18 millimetres;

 

                (d)    the lettering size and style must be consistent and shall not contain italics, bold

type or underlining;

 

                (e)    the text on a sign shall not identify or reflect a brand of tobacco or any element

of a brand;

 

                (f)    the text on a sign may use only the following words, or an abbreviation or an

equivalent in another language, to describe the types of tobacco for sale:

 

                         (i)      full price cigarettes,

 

                         (ii)     mid price cigarettes,

 

                         (iii)    budget price cigarettes,

 

                         (iv)    smokeless tobacco,

 

                         (v)     cigars,

 

                         (vi)    loose tobacco by pouch or tub;

 

                (g)    the text on a sign must not contain any words, phrases or figures additional to those set out in Sign 4 of Schedule A or instructed to be inserted on the sign in Sign 4 of Schedule A, other than an abbreviation of them or an equivalent in another language.

 

       (3)    A sign listing the types of tobacco for sale and their prices may be in the form set out in Sign 4 of Schedule A.

 

Inspection

4     (1)    For the purpose of the Act and these regulations, an enforcement officer may, without a warrant, enter and inspect the premises of any vendor during the business hours of that vendor with the exception of any part of the premises that is used exclusively as a dwelling.

 

       (2)    An enforcement officer shall produce, on request, evidence of his or her appointment.

 

       (3)    An enforcement officer conducting an inspection may

 

                (a)    question a person on matters relevant to the inspection;

 

                (b)    examine any record or other thing that is relevant to the inspection;

 

                (c)    remove any record or thing relevant to the inspection for evidence.

 

5     As a result of an inspection an enforcement officer may

 

                (a)    order the removal of any sign found to be in violation of the Act or these regulations;

 

                (b)    seize any tobacco or tobacco product found in the retail premises during a prohibited period;

 

                (c)    provide a verbal warning to the vendor if the vendor is found to be in violation of the Act or these regulations; or

 

                (d)    impose a fine by way of summary offence ticket on the vendor for being in violation of the Act or these regulations.

 

6     (1)    Where a vendor is convicted of a violation of the Act or these regulations and is prohibited from selling tobacco for a determined period of time, the Minister shall inform wholesale distributors of tobacco and tobacco products in the province of the violation.

 

       (2)    It is a violation of the Act for a wholesale distributor to sell or otherwise distribute tobacco or tobacco products to the vendor during the prohibited period.

 

       (3)    A vendor other than a tobacconist or an electronic cigarette specialty shop shall remove his or her stock of tobacco and tobacco products during the prohibited period.


Proof of age

7     Where a person appearing to be under the age of 19 years is required to provide proof of age by a vendor or an employee of a vendor under Section 5 of the Act, that person must present one of the following:

 

       (1)    for residents of Nova Scotia:

 

                (a)    a valid driver’s license issued by the Province of Nova Scotia containing a photograph of the person to whom the license is issued;

 

                (b)    a provincial photographic identification card issued by the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal;

 

                (c)    a valid Canadian passport;

 

                (d)    a Canadian citizenship card containing a photograph of the person to whom the card is issued; or

 

                (e)    a Canadian Forces identification card.

 

                (f)    [repealed]

 

       (2)    for out-of-province residents:

 

                (a)    a driver’s license issued by the place of residence of the resident containing a photograph of the person to whom the license is issued;

 

                (b)    a valid passport;

 

                (c)    a Canadian citizenship card containing a photograph of the person to whom the card is issued; or

 

                (d)    a Canadian Forces identification card.

 

       (3)    A vendor shall refuse to sell tobacco to an individual if it appears that the individual’s proof of identification has been altered.


Exemptions for flavoured tobacco

8     All of the following are exempt from the prohibition on the sale of flavoured tobacco in clause 7(c) of the Act:

 

                (a)    cigars that meet all of the following criteria:

 

                         (i)      they have a retail price of $4 or more per cigar,

 

                         (ii)     they weigh 5 grams or more per cigar,

 

                         (iii)    they have a scent or flavour generally attributed to wine, port, rum or whisky but no other non-tobacco scent or flavour;

 

                (b)    electronic cigarettes;

 

                (c)    pipe tobacco that has a scent or flavour generally attributed to wine, port, rum or whisky but no other non-tobacco scent or flavour.


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Schedule A: Health Warning and Point of Purchase Signs

(subsection 9(1), Tobacco Access Act)


Sign 1—Tobacconist Door Decal


It is against the law to sell or give tobacco products to persons under 19.

TOBACCO RESTRICTED

by the

Nova Scotia Tobacco Access Act


Must be at least 19 years old to enter

Photo ID may be requested


Sign 2—Electronic Cigarette Door Decal


It is against the law to sell or give electronic cigarette products to persons under 19.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES RESTRICTED

by the

Nova Scotia Tobacco Access Act


Must be at least 19 years old to enter

Photo ID may be requested



Sign 3—Point of Purchase Sign for Other Vendors


It is against the law for this store to sell or

give tobacco products or electronic cigarettes to persons under 19.

Photo ID may be requested


Tobacco Restricted

Electronic Cigarettes Restricted

by the

Nova Scotia Tobacco Access Act


The only acceptable photo ID cards:

▼ Photo Driver’s License

▼ Photo ID issued by the Government of Nova Scotia

▼ Canadian Forces ID card

▼ Canadian Citizenship card

▼ Passport



Sign 4—Tobacco Pricing Signage


Tobacco Pricing

20s

25s

Carton

Cigarettes

 

full price

 

$(x)

$(x)

$(x)

mid price

 

$(x)

$(x)

$(x)

budget price

 

$(x)

$(x)

$(x)

Smokeless tobacco

$(x)

to

$(x)

 

 

Cigars

$(x)

to

$(x)

 

 

Loose tobacco

 

pouch

$(x)

to

$(x)

 

 

tub

$(x)

to

$(x)

 

 


TOBACCO KILLS [STATISTIC AS SUPPLIED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS] NOVA SCOTIANS EACH YEAR


BECAUSE TOBACCO IS AN ADDICTIVE DRUG, IT IS AGAINST THE LAW FOR THIS STORE TO SELL OR GIVE TOBACCO OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO PERSONS UNDER 19. IF ANY DOUBT, A PHOTO I.D. IS REQUIRED.


Notes:

Vendor must insert price for “(x)” wherever “$(x)” occurs.
The maximum height for the lettering on a sign is 18 mm.

 ________________________________________________________________ 

Schedule “B”

[repealed]

 ________________________________________________________________

Schedule “C”

[repealed]

 ________________________________________________________________

Schedule “D”

[repealed]

 ________________________________________________________________

Schedule “E”

[repealed]

 ________________________________________________________________

Schedule “F”

[repealed]


 

 


 

Legislative History
Reference Tables

Tobacco Access Regulations

N.S. Reg. 9/1996

Tobacco Access Act

Note:  The information in these tables does not form part of the regulations and is compiled by the Office of the Registrar of Regulations for reference only.

Source Law

The current consolidation of the Tobacco Access Regulations made under the Tobacco Access Act includes all of the following regulations:

N.S.
Regulation

In force
date*

How in force

Royal Gazette
Part II Issue

9/1996

Jan 16, 1996

date made

Feb 2, 1996

65/1999

Jun 9, 1999

date made

Jul 2, 1999

24/2001

Mar 23, 2001

date specified

Apr 6, 2001

285/2007

Jul 1, 2007

date specified

Jun 8, 2007

348/20071

Jul 20, 2007

date filed

Aug 3, 2007

73/2009

Mar 30, 2009

Date specified

Apr 10, 2009

227/2015

May 31, 2015

Date specified

Jun 12, 2015

The following regulations are not yet in force and are not included in the current consolidation:

N.S.
Regulation

In force
date*

How in force

Royal Gazette
Part II Issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*See subsection 3(6) of the Regulations Act for rules about in force dates of regulations.

Amendments by Provision

ad. = added
am. = amended

fc. = fee change
ra. = reassigned

rep. = repealed
rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

1 .......................................................

rs. 227/2015

1(1)(ba).......................................

ad. 285/2007

1(1)(e).........................................

ad. 285/2007; am. 348/2007 (errata)

1(2)..............................................

rs. 285/2007

1A.....................................................

ad. 227/2015

2A.....................................................

ad. 285/2007

3 .......................................................

am. 285/2007, 227/2015

3(1)..............................................

am. 285/2007; rs. 227/2015

3(2)..............................................

am. 285/2007, 227/2015

3A.....................................................

ad. 285/2007

3A(1)...........................................

am. 227/2015

3A(2)(a)......................................

rep. 227/2015

3B.....................................................

ad. 285/2007

3B(1)...........................................

am. 73/2009, 227/2015

3B(2)...........................................

rs. 227/2015

3BA..................................................

ad. 227/2015

3C.....................................................

ad. 285/2007; ra. as 3D 73/2009

3C.....................................................

ad. 73/2009; ra. as 3C(2) 227/2015

3C(1)...........................................

ad. 227/2015

3C(2)...........................................

ra. from 3C 227/2015

3D.....................................................

ra. from 3C 73/2009

3D(1)...........................................

ra. as 3D(1A) 227/2015

3D(1)...........................................

ad. 227/2015

3D(1A)........................................

ra. from 3D(1) and am. 227/2015

3D(2)-(3).....................................

am. 227/2015

6(2)-(3).............................................

am. 227/2015

7(1)(b)-(e).........................................

am. 65/1999

7(1)(f)...............................................

rep. 65/1999

7(2)(d)..............................................

am. 65/1999

8 .......................................................

ad. 227/2015

Schedule A.......................................

am. 285/2007, 348/2007; rs. 227/2015

Schedule B.......................................

am. 65/1999, 285/2007; rep. 227/2015

Schedule C.......................................

am. 285/2007; rep. 227/2015

Schedule D.......................................

am. 24/2001, 285/2007; rep. 227/2015

Schedule E........................................

am. 24/2001, 285/2007; rep. 227/2015

Schedule F........................................

ad. 285/2007; rep. 227/2015

Note that changes to headings are not included in the above table.

Editorial Notes and Corrections:

 

Note

Effective
date

1

N.S. Reg. 348/2007 corrects errata in Schedule “A” to O.I.C. 2007-300 (N.S. Reg. 285/2007

 

2

The reference in s. 2A(g)(iv) to a school board is to be read as a reference to an education entity as defined in the Education Act, in accordance with the Education Reform (2018) Act, S.N.S. 2018, c. 1.

Apr 1, 2018

 

 

 

Repealed and Superseded:

N.S.
Regulation

Title

In force
date

Repealed
date

 

 

 

 

Note:  Only regulations that are specifically repealed and replaced appear in this table.  It may not reflect the entire history of regulations on this subject matter.