Legislation / Policy
Nova Scotia LegislationThe Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness is responsible for enforcing two pieces of legislation: the Smoke-free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act.
The Smoke-free Places Act protects the public from exposure to second hand tobacco smoke in indoor public places and workplaces.
The Tobacco Access Act aims to prevent tobacco vendors from selling tobacco to anyone under 19 years of age.
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Nova Scotia announced a 100% province wide smoking ban December 1, 2006.
Smoke-Free Vehicles in Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia legislature unanimously approved a law prohibiting smoking in any vehicle carrying children under 19. The law came into force on April 1, 2008.
Nova Scotia has set the precedent by becoming the first province to adopt such a law. This paves the way for other provinces to do likewise.
Point-of-Sale Tobacco Advertising in Nova Scotia
March 31st, 2007 - Nova Scotia enacted a ban on point-of-sale tobacco advertising.
For complete details on smoking and tobacco use in Nova Scotia go to Nova Scotia Tobacco Control Legislation.
HRM Smoking Outdoor Spaces PolicyHalifax Regional Municipality by-law, S-203, on Smoke-free spaces has been superceded by the more restrictive Nova Scotia Smoke Free Places Act.
For more information go to the links below:
- Council Approves Policy Regulating Tobacco Use at HRM owned Outdoor Recreation Facilities
- Halifax Regional Council meeting minutes (October 6, 2009)
Municipal Smoke-free Bylaws in Canada
Regardless of new and stronger provincial and territorial legislation, municipalities continue to amend their bylaws to further protect their citizens from second-hand smoke.
For more information go to Compendium of 100% Smoke-free Municipal Bylaws (Spring 2012 update).
The Senate of Canada passed Bill C-32 on October 6, 2009. This legislation will ban flavourings in cigarettes and cigarillos, as well as tobacco advertising in magazines and newspapers.
For more information go to Canadian Cancer Society Applauds Passage of Federal Tobacco Bill.