Smoke-Free Nova Scotia
The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Nova Scotia is a provincial coalition committed to the achievement of a tobacco-free Nova Scotia. Our goal is the elimination of tobacco use in Nova Scotia.
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Government of Nova Scotia proclaims the Nova Scotia Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act
September 26, 2014
Smoke Free Nova Scotia applauds the Liberal Government as they announce steps to launch a lawsuit against the tobacco industry.
The Government of Nova Scotia has proclaimed The Nova Scotia Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act. This enables the province to launch legal action against the tobacco industry to recover the costs of treating tobacco-related illnesses resulting from unlawful activities to increase tobacco use.
"It is great to see that Nova Scotia is joining other Canadian provinces in pursuing legal action to recover health care costs from tobacco manufacturers," SFNS President Krista McMullin said. "This Act gives the government the legal authority to launch a lawsuit on behalf of the people of Nova Scotia."
Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in Nova Scotia. While the lawsuit will seek cost recovery, it is hoped that lawsuit recovery monies will be allocated to sustain and advance our comprehensive tobacco control efforts here in the province. These recovery monies could protect Nova Scotians from the harms of the tobacco industry, reduce smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke especially among our youth population as well as make cessation support available to those trying to quit. “It is time that we hold the tobacco industry accountable for the damaging effects of its products on the health of all Nova Scotians,” McMullin said. Reducing tobacco use demands a comprehensive and a sustained effort.
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