Cherry blossoms in a Kentville park

Smoke-free Places Act

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

The Smoke-free Places Act also bans the use of e-cigarettes and waterpipes in indoor public places in Nova Scotia.

The Act applies to all combustibles, including tobacco, vape (“juice”), and cannabis.

Municipalities may pass bylaws that put additional restrictions in place. The stricter rules apply.

Overview of the Smoke-free Places Act

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, 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 regional centre for education
  • 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.

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

Upcoming amendments

More protections from second-hand smoke will come into effect when the Cannabis Control Act is proclaimed. They include no smoking:

  • on or within 20 meters of playgrounds located in an outdoor public space
  • on or within 20 meters of a publicly owned sport and recreation event or venue, located in an outdoor public space
  • on and within nine meters of public trails
  • in provincial parks and on provincial beaches, except for within the boundaries of a rented campsite
  • in vehicles used as part of one’s job or work; this does not apply to a personal vehicle used for work purposes if they are the only person using the vehicle for work purposes (this applies to tobacco only – any use of cannabis in vehicles is prohibited).


If you have any questions specific to the Smoke-free Places Act please call 1-877-936-8476.