There are several pieces of legislation that govern the sale, advertising and use of tobacco in the province.
The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness is responsible for enforcing the following pieces of legislation:
- The Smoke-Free Places Act protects the public from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke in indoor public places and work places. The legislation also prohibits smoking in any vehicle carrying children under age 19.
- The Tobacco Access Act aims to prevent tobacco vendors from selling tobacco to anyone under 19 years of age. The Act also prohibits point of sale advertising and promotion of tobacco at the point of sale.
Each municipality may have their own bylaws governing smoke-free recreational outdoor spaces. Please click on your area to see if your municipality has a smoke-free recreational outdoor spaces bylaw.
Federally, Bill C-32 bans the sale of flavouring in cigarettes and cigarillos, as well as tobacco advertising in magazines and newspapers.
Tobacco Control Agency Links
- Canadian Cancer Society – Quit Smoking
- Heart and Stroke Foundation – Smoking, Heart Disease and Stroke
- Non-Smokers’ Rights Association
- Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, Tobacco Control
- The Lung Association of Nova Scotia