On November 20, 2014, Bill 60 was passed in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly to amend the Smoke-free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act to regulate e-cigarettes and waterpipes.
There were amendments to the bill in that were perceptively in our favour. However, one of the amendments was the removal of the only part of the Bill which referenced “actual” Tobacco (?): “Bill 60 will proceed without reference to flavoured tobacco or flavoured e-cigarette juice. Government will consult with Nova Scotians on these products that target youth.”
The reference to banning flavoured tobacco was the one point that made sense in the entire proposed Bill, and though the opposition tried despirately to convince the government to leave that reference in the bill, it was removed.
While there will be many unintended consequences that will be discovered along the way, what this means to Nova Scotia Electronic Cigarette businesses at this point is that vendors will have to treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes:
- keep them out of view, unless the store sells only e-cigarettes and minors are not permitted entry
- no point-of-sale promotion
- no selling to minors (youth under 19)
- no selling in pharmacies and other places where tobacco sales are prohibited
Adult Nova Scotians (19 and older) will continue to have access to e-cigarettes from most current vendors.
While e-cigarettes are being treated like regular cigarettes in retail settings, they will not be taxed as a tobacco product.
Additional details can be found here: http://novascotia.ca/dhw/healthy-communities/tobacco-act-amendments.asp